Hidden Figures – Review

I don’t normally watch films based on true stories. I don’t dislike them or anything, I’ve seen some pretty good ones, but promotion for the films don’t really get me interested in them so when I see them it’s usually because my family are watching a movie together. But from the things I heard about this film from online reviewers this is one of the three Best Picture nominees at this year’s Oscars that I became interested in seeing (the third being Moonlight which unfortunately isn’t showing in my local cinemas).

It was good. The history was interesting and the cast are all talented. The film handles the racism and sexism subject very effectively and doesn’t limit itself to the more obvious examples either. Some of the more effective scenes in the film are focused more on the subtle ways prejudice would hold these women back.

 

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The three different stories are told well with each of the three leads giving great performances. Sometimes the scenes focused on their personal lives outside of work did feel a little rushed and while that is understandable given that they aren’t the focus there were a couple of moments where the fast pacing stood out.

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If you’re interested in seeing some of the Oscar nominated movies before the Academy Awards themselves this is a good one to check out.

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