• Gareth Crook

Hidden Figures (2016)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

It's difficult to watch this and not feel some anger, but it's still a great film and a great story. A true story brought very nicely to the screen with typical American sheen. It's all a little sanitised though, maybe through fear of making it too real, showing too much, to the point that I can't help wondering if this would've had even more punch without the slick cuts, well timed musical interludes and 1960s button down cleanliness. That same sheen and humour does bring some fantastic "Fuck yeah! You show em!" moments though, one of which is cringeworthy, but will make you tingle. Make no mistake, it's powerful stuff and be warned you may not get through this without shedding a tear. It's enjoyable to watch the lead characters battle on regardless, headstrong, proud and more than capable than most around them. At the same time it's frustrating to see them have to work 10 times harder to get a fraction as far and even more so that over 50 years later, discrimination on race and gender is still around today. We better sort this shit out before we think about going into space.

8/10


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