Film review by Steve Duffy –
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These brilliant African-American women working at NASA, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
This inspirational story is based on the book by author Margot Lee Shetterley, and we should all thank her for bringing this important story to life.
Henson’s character may be the focus of Hidden Figures, but the film has an amazing strong cast. Spencer is a great actress without even trying. Monáe – we all knew she could sing, but she is just as good an actress. She is fun and the most sassy of the three.
Kristen Dunst and Jim Parsons never overplay their portrayals as racist supervisors. Kevin Costner does a great job keeping you captivated as he runs the program that Henson works in.
Hidden Figures is a perfect and terrific film with a feel good message that will inspire all who see it.
Rating: PG for thematic elements and some language
Runtime: 127 minutes