Hidden Figures is the most pleasant surprise in film and that may be for me because I am a history buff. Moreover, Hollywood shedding light on how African American women were instrumental in a history not commonly known attached to one of America’s biggest feats is what makes this movie worth seeing. Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, confidently I will say the history will knock your socks off more than the actual movie. Being privy to this knowledge elevates gratitude for the film being made. These top notch actresses give enhance the film with layered performances. As for the movie, it is entertaining but the story is so remarkable or unique that one might question the validity. Then when you find out it is true then you become disturbed because facts like this truly feel like they are hidden whether they were meant to be or not. After the film, I just had to verify the facts. I found a great article on NPR. Click Here and Popular Mechanics has a great and telling behind the scenes truth telling of this story. Click Here.
Taraji P Henson tones it down in her performance which is actually quite refreshing to see her take on a more understated role. Janelle Monae, is probably one to look out for as musician turned actress with some actual acting chops and stunning beauty to match. Octavia Spencer just knows how to quietly bring it with power and emotion. Other recognizable cast include Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. And the guy who portrays John Glenn is Glenn Powell, gees he is good looking. But more than a pretty face, despite much of the film there was a gimicky line coming from his lips. However, near the end of the film he exemplifies some depth at the right moment. The kind of acting with subtle looks that say it all. Powell is 7 years younger then Chris Evans, think replacement Captain America when Chris Evans wants to retire. Powell and Costner are the two standout male performers. Yet. they never steal the film from the leading ladies. Hear a little bit More of my thoughts at the film and foodie review below.