Academy Award nominated for best picture Hidden Figures is a fantastic film with some truly brilliant acting. The drama is based on true events at NASA where three African American women helped in sending the first American astronaut, John Glenn, to orbit the Earth. It’s based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly and it is a gem of a story.
The drama is based on true events at NASA where three Africain American women helped in sending the first American astronaut, John Glenn, to orbit the Earth. Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are Katherine Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson and all three are brilliant.
The film mainly follows Katherine Jackon’s story, a brilliant mathematician who battles everyday office racism to prove herself to stern boss Al Harrison, played well by Kevin Costner. Taraji P Henson is excellent throughout as Katherine and you can’t help but want her character to succeed. The film is really all about her.
Weaving the stories of the other two ladies Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson and their work for NASA. With Dorothy being the unofficial supervisor in the coloured room and Mary an aspiring engineer.
Where the story is well told it really is the acting performances that have you hooked and rooting for the characters to succeed. The cinematography is great as is the design of the film. The story empowering and well paced, the just over 2 hour running time seems to fly by.
The film is nothing short of a triumph and much credit must go to the director, Theodore Melfi, and his co-writer Allison Schroeder as well as the actors. It’s worth noting too that out of this year’s Best Picture nomination that this Hidden Figures is the highest grossing.
Star Rating – ****
Hidden Figures is in UK cinemas nationwide now, find listings at your local cinema.