Reel Geek Review: Hidden Figures


A lot of times, certain smaller movies get releases in “select cities” first before getting released nationally.  Such is the case of Hidden Figures.  I’m just thankful that the movie itself took place in Hampton, Virginia (where I’ll soon be a resident of in the very near future) and as such this big small town in Virginia gets the movie a week ahead of the rest of the country.   Which means for me that I got to see it a week ahead of most of you, so I get to talk about it right now here at Reel Geek’s.

Hidden Figures is based on the true story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), a black woman who worked at NASA at their Langley base in Hampton, Virginia in the early 1960s, right in the prime of the US’s space race with Russia.    It also tells the story of her two friends Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) and Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer)  whom also worked at NASA and hit their own achievements in the organization as well.

The movie, adapted from the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, is one of the greatest untold stories in the space race, and as such this would make for a great historical double feature with The Right Stuff, getting a fuller picture of the beginnings of  the space race.

I absolutely loved this movie, from start to finish.   The script, written by Allison Schroeder, who co wrote the film with director Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) really captures the feel of Virginia in the 1960s, and the local attitudes back then very accurately.  Even though the movie was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, it feels very much local to this critic, I’d almost thought that they were actually in parts of downtown Hampton, and Phoebus while watching it.

I have to talk about the acting in this movie as well, the entire cast gets their own moments to shine in this movie, from Taraji P. Henson to Kevin Costner to Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage) ,it really feels like an ensemble piece even if the movie is really about just the three women, but not a single actor is wasted in this movie.    The movie gives equal opportunity for every actor to have a moment at least in this great story.

Hidden Figures had both my girlfriend and I smiling, laughing, and crying throughout the entire movie.  It’s a great inspirational story that I feel that everyone should see, with a lot of relevancy even now to the world we live in today.  I’d even go as far as to say that it’s a crime that these women’s stories weren’t told sooner.  But I’m glad that they are being told now, and hopefully everyone else will love the movie as much as I did when it gets it’s wide release next Friday, January 6.

Final Verdict-  A+



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