Movie Review: HIDDEN FIGURES
Star rating (out of five): ****
HIDDEN FIGURES is exactly the kind of inspiring story that America needs right now. It manages to tell a true, uplifting story without letting its depth take away from the enjoyment. It’s a film that has a lot to say about race and gender inequality in our history. And yet it doesn’t get carried away in saying it. You won’t just learn from this film, you’ll have a good time!
HIDDEN FIGURES has believable and well developed characters, who will stay with you as you discover the historic achievement of these amazing black women. Thankfully there are lots of great performances here, backed by a truly genius screenplay. But I would say that Octavia Spencer takes the cake. She’s never been better!
Back to the script: the development of each character is essential to the narrative arc and pushes it well. To add to the harmony of it all, this movie is very well paced. You can literally cry, laugh and be stressed out all back to back.
The score (done by Hans Zimmer. Didn’t expect that!) brilliantly accompanies a lot of scenes and backs the inspiration the film sends.
As great as the main characters are, the film doesn’t explore all of them as much as I had hoped. Once the end comes I realized that some arcs were kind of rushed to be finished due to the many layers in this.
HIDDEN FIGURES is the movie America needs right now – a surprising, uplifting tale that is beautifully told. The likable characters add to the heart of it all and make this a truly enjoyable eye-opener.
Review by SAM SILBER