Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see ‘Hidden Figures‘ before its cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Based in the segregation era in 1961, ‘Hidden Figures‘ tells the true story of a group of brilliant African-American women who defied the impossible working at Nasa. The brilliant mathematicians Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) were the pioneers in many aspects of American history.
One day Katherine is transferred into a special task group leaded by Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) to calculate spaceship trajectories. The goal is to send astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) to orbit the Earth. Despite her contributions to the team, Katherine is treated ‘different’ by her co-workers from day one making her work a real challenge.
Meanwhile, Mary and Dorothy had their own struggles. Mary who works directly in the aircraft manufacture is tempted to follow her own path in engineering. Hence, she will do everything in her power to be the first black woman allowed to attend a ‘white’ university.
In the meantime, Dorothy, leads a group of woman who do Nasa’s manual calculations. She soon figures it out that the next step is to transform her team in the first group of IBM experts.
‘Hidden Figures‘ is an extraordinary film with an all star cast and an incredible untold story empowering women.
The trio stellar performance is what drives the film. Spencer, P. Henson and Monáe should be easily nominated to the prestigious Golden Globes or The Academy Awards for their fantastic performance. However, others as Jim Parsons are not really impressive in his performance as it seems to be very similar to his alter-ego Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory).
The biography shows with great detail the strength and tenacity of these group of women making her path through an adverse society. The drama, comedy and realism of the segregation era in America is present in every step of the way, making this film a good reminder of the story of the African-American people and the struggles they suffered just a few decades ago.
‘Hidden Figures‘ is a truly inspiring and remarkable story that can’t be missed.
The film opens on cinemas 16th February