Entertainment

Movie review: Hidden Figures an important historical document

NASA HEROES: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe in a scene from the movie Hidden Figures.
NASA HEROES: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe in a scene from the movie Hidden Figures. Hopper Stone

AS the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in US history.

This is a time before computers and smart phones. I know, hard to remember.

Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as 'human computers', the film follows these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds, tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in US history as true American heroes.

The film opens with the ladies stranded on the road when a police car stops to check on them.

It is clear that the male Caucasian officer is not used to meet African American females who worked for NASA.

The uncomfortable moment we experience, witnessing such treatment was, truth be told, the treatment many Americans experienced on daily bases in the early 1960s in Virginia.

Despite segregation being illegal, many facets of life were still tainted by people's reactions to colour of someone's skin.

This film produced a double miracle: it made me like Kevin Costner and look with suspicion at Kirsten Dunst.

Their roles are well written and superbly executed, but I am still recovering from my first Costner-appreciation encounter. I guess there is a first for everything.

This is a great film with a long list of superb performances.

Hidden Figures is out on cinemas now.

 

Do not miss

  • Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe.
  • Director: Theodore Melfi
  • Reviewer: Javier Encalada
  • Verdict: 4.5/5

Topics:  1960s cinema kevin costner movie review segregation space race


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Woman killed, driver flees after Queensland crash

CODE BLACK: A Gladstone Hospital staff member has been threatened.

Police urge driver of Holden Commodore to come forward

Baby boy in Child Safety "backlog" before death

Child Safety was warned of potential danger three months prior

Adele fans to face hours of traffic chaos

Adele poses in the press room with the awards for album of the year for "25", song of the year for "Hello", record of the year for "Hello", best pop solo performance for "Hello", and best pop vocal album for "25" at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Adele in Brisbane: Public transport system nightmare at Gabba

Local Partners

Baden Bond: Parents front court for toddler's murder

The court was told the pair did not want to appear in court in person, but the magistrate insisted they be brought into the dock.

Future Islands gear up for Splendour gig

Future Islands is an American synthpop band composed of Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), and Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals).

Their new album is "music from the heart than from the mind".

CMC Rocks is just the ticket for Eric Paslay

HAPPY TO BE HERE: American country singer Eric Paslay will play CMC Rocks 2017.

Country music singer is touring overseas for the first time.

Daredevils of Nitro Circus to thrill Lismore

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

The (in)famous 55-foot high Nitro Giganta ramp is the centrepiece

Bea's parting gift: The Freak's in the frame

Foxtel’s gripping prison drama Wentworth returns for a volatile fifth season.

What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie The Lego Batman Movie.

LEGO Batman and Scarlett Johansson take on Beauty and the Beast.

MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy Boss Baby story is a little far-fetched

A scene from the movie The Boss Baby.

After nailing Trump, Alec Baldwin’s career takes a strange detour.

MKR’s Amy blasts Josh’s ‘sl*t’ slur

Amy Murr, pictured with brother Tyson, said rival contestant Josh Meeuwissen crossed the line when he called her a ‘sl*t’.

AMY responds after being called a ‘sl*t’ by MKR’s villain Josh.

MKR recap: The ‘slut’ comment that shocked everyone

Yep, MKR’s Josh has done it again.

JOSH has always been annoying, but this time he went way too far.

MOVIE REVIEW: LEGO Batman best caped crusader yet

A scene from the movie The Lego Batman Movie.

Nana! Nana! Nana! Nana! Nana! Batman!

Future Islands gear up for Splendour gig

Future Islands is an American synthpop band composed of Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), and Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals).

Their new album is "music from the heart than from the mind".

Calling all renovators at heart

Solid home on 617sq m between beach and CBD development

This is what Sunshine Coast living is all about

Life's a breeze at stylish Alexandra Headland apartment

Timing pays dividends in Kawana health hub precinct

DCIM\114MEDIA

Construction starts at Sunshine Coast mixed-use project in Birtinya

Coffee king snaps up gym

Mooloolaba Healthworks site sells for $2.1million

Luxury hotel expands $400m water park development

Developer to push on with second stage of massive new water park

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!