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Review of "Hidden Figures (DVD)"

published 01/09/2017 | Caz87
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I love film, theatre and entertainment. I am a keen runner and spend a lot of time doing that when I am not working, I work full time in football.
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"Inspiring and heartwarming"

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Cast


Taraji P. Henson - Katherine G. Johnson
Octavia Spencer - Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle Monáe - Mary Jackson
Kevin Costner - Al Harrison
Kirsten Dunst - Vivian Mitchell
Jim Parsons - Paul Stafford
Mahershala Ali - Colonel Jim Johnson
Aldis Hodge - Levi Jackson
Glen Powell - John Glenn

Director - Theodore Melfi

Story


Hidden Figures is the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who acted as computers during the early years in NASA as part of the space programme. As the US were battling with Russia to be the first country to get into space. The women were a real key part in making things happen as they were the brains behind it all, contributing for hardly any pay or respect.

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson crossed all race and gender lines in an attempt to get their talents noticed and really help to make a difference. Truly inspiring women, who deserved to have everything they achieved put into this film.

Dorothy was a manger and wanted to be equal to the white women in the same roles, she made sure she stayed ahead of the curve especially when she saw one of the first computers and made sure she would know how to operate and looked after the girls who worked for her. Mary Jackson a gifted engineer wanted to be part of that process, but gender would not allow it so she had to fight for that right. Katherine Johnson turns out to be our real main character and she is put in the position of the maths problems to help the space shuttle launch.

Along with trying to make the different careers work within NASA the women had to look after children at home and make room for romance as well. Quite rightly though the romance part was not a huge part of the story and kept at a minimum amount. Which was another positive thing about the film, it didn't take anything away from the story. But let's the viewer know just how much these women had to take on in one whole day.

Review


The film has a truly tremendous amount of heart and really has been one of my favourites of the year. Working myself in a truly male dominated field I really find myself extra engaged in something like this, when added in the race issue as well these women really had everything stacked up against them. They had to work ten times as hard as others to really prove that they were just as good, actually make that better! So many good messages come from this, as these women really did help to change things. Such a shame it took so long for this story to make it to a film. Luckily that has happened and it has given us an outstanding film. With such a serious nature though it is also given a lovely touch of comedy with the women having plenty of jokes and funny moments to really lighten the mood as well.

The racism parts from the white men and women working at NASA are brought crashing down when Al Harrison decides enough is enough. Wondering why Katherine is missing for such long periods of time to use the bathroom, segregation was about to change in that organisation. I really did love that part of the film a lot! A little bit of a shame that it was shown in the trailer it is a very powerful moment. Al is a great character as he never looks at Katherine for her race or gender, just for her mind. When that happens you feel like you want to clap and cheer whilst watching the film, well I felt that way anyway!

Performances


Taraji P. Henson was outstanding in this film and I thought it was shocking that she was not nominated for Best Actress in a Leading role as she was really something else. Combining the brilliance of the character with her shy and reserved nature was just something else. Along with Octavia Spencer who was Oscar nominated, we all know just how incredible she is in this type of film and type of role. Kevin Costner who I am such a big fan of pulls out a very impressive performance as well, he is engaging and the delivery of his lines was spot on working so well with Henson.

Reasons You Should Watch It

  • The top class performances from the whole cast
  • Inspiring Story
  • Based on a true story
  • History of NASA
  • Space Programme
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Its brilliant!

Oscar Nominations


Best Picture
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer
Best Adapted Screenplay

Ratings


IMDb - 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes - 92%
Metacritic - 74

Price Blu Ray


Amazon - £14.99
HMV - £14.99
Zavvi.com - £14.99

Price DVD


Amazon - £9.49
HMV - £12.99
Tesco Direct - £10.00

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Comments on this review

  • euphie published 21/09/2017
    vh :o)
  • 1st2thebar published 19/09/2017
    Vaughan was instrumental in NASA's daily operatives, indirectly, her working legacy lives on.
  • arthurteacake2 published 19/09/2017
    Still waiting until they do a REAL film about NASA, like when the Astronauts went up in Apollo 11 and they found Elvis on the moon and he confessed to Kennedy's assassination.
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Product Information : Hidden Figures (DVD)

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Product Details

Actor(s) (Last name, First name): Costner, Kevin

DVD Region: DVD

Actor(s): Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst

Video Category: Feature Film

Director(s): Theodore Melfi

EAN: 5039036080170

Classification: Parental Guidance

Production Year: 2017

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