Hidden Figures – review

Back during the space race between America and Russia in the 1960s a proportion of the workforce at NASA was African American women who were very gifted at Mathematics.

Hidden Figures is a bit like a blueberry muffin, it is sweet and fluffy but still feels good for you because you went for the muffin with the fruit in, rather than the chocolate one.  It is an important story being told, but you feel entertained in addition to educated. While the subject matter of 1960s segregation and serious maths is pretty heavy stuff, the film is light and fluffy.  It has a simple film structure and ticks the box on a fair few cliches, but the charm of the three leads, Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and  Janelle Monae wins you over.

It is shocking to watch how much racism (and sexism) these women had to face on a daily basis. And making the public aware of their story is a story worth telling and makes Hidden Figures well worth watching.

Deserving the Oscar nominations but not worthy of wins. Worth a watch. And is actually a feel good crowd pleaser despite its heavy subject matter.