Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016)

2016 | PG | 126 Minutes

Drama

The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operati...

Overall Rating

8 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • WHAT I LIKED: All the explaining I could do about what makes 'Hidden Figures' so appealing can simply be personified by the film's gorgeous score. A ballsy yet successful balance between the wonder and beauty of Hans Zimmer and the hope and lightness of Pharrell Williams is exactly what this is; an inspirational drama filled with bags of emotion and well-developed characters that also has a lot of fun in its sensible shoes. As a result, it doesn't feel too heavy (almost like an American-ised 'Made in Dagenham'), but at the same time it takes you on a heart-breaking ride through the eyes of 3 hugely empowering women who I really, really want to hang out with. Yes seeing these likeable characters tested in this way brought me to tears, but that's the beauty of film, and it shines damn brightly here.
    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Because the themes it explores have a social-standard now, there's no attempt to take a step back. That might not neccessarily be a bad thing though, as it does enhance the power of the whole experience.
    VERDICT: This is one of the warmest and most charming films I've seen so far this year. When you consider I've only seen one other, that means this is better than Underworld: Blood Wars. Wow.