Colour by numbers
Palace Como - Saturday 3 February 2017, 3:30pm
Running time: 127m
Country: United States
Classification: PG (Mild themes and coarse language)
Release date: 05/02/17
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3/5, DP 4/5)
Katherine (Tarali P Henson), Dorothy (Octavia Spencer) and Mary (Janelle Monáe) are 'computers' at NASA in the early 1960s with the race to beat the Russians (boo) into space and get an American (yay) to orbit the earth. But not only are these trailblazing women succeeding in the male-dominated world of NASA, but being African American just adds to their challenges.
Essentially three individual stories within a broader story arc, Hidden Figures is a story about determination and persistence. The performances are good and the large cast (Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Moonlight's Mahershala Ali etc) provide the a depth of support for the leads, though the characters are two-dimensional cliches; crusty boss with a heart of gold, inflexible bureaucrat etc. There are some positive messages here, though the relationship between the three leads is much less important to the story than the individual challenges and triumphs.
Hidden Figures is an enjoyable film with a mix of humor, heart and pathos. It's 'based on true events' so expect the photo montage at the end... because that makes it more credible... apparently. It's an inspirational story about women that shows that gender and race should never ever be a barrier to anything.
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