Fast Five Review: Hidden Figures (2016)


2016 | Biography, Drama, History

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. 

1) Did you like it?


2) Why?

Let’s set the scene: it’s 1961 in Langley, Virginia, and the protagonists in this movie (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae) work in NASA as “human computers”, employed to be computers at a time where they take up so much space. There are segregated work areas, dining facilities, and bathrooms, and discrimination is still rampant. All three women must overcome challenges in the workplace to achieve their personal goals.

I went in expecting something dry and serious — it’s NASA and mathematics, after all — but Hidden Figures offers much, much more than that. It’s upbeat, inspiring and entertaining, with great performances from the cast. It’s also based on a true story, and while the script does embellish certain facts for the sake of drama, the result is still a thought-provoking film.

3) “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You enjoy feel-good movies that empower women!

4) “This movie made me think about…”

How each and every person plays a part in something bigger, and how many of those stories are left untold.

5) Overall rating?


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