Hidden Figures is based on the true happenings at NASA during the 1960s as the Americans raced to send a man into space. The film primarily follows the trajectories of three intelligent black women: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) from their initial jobs as ‘coloured computers’ to making more significant contributions to the organisation’s work. It’s an inspiring story that skillfully depicts how minority groups can make progress. These women weren’t handed anything, through self-improvement and sheer persistence they made themselves invaluable, breaking down race and gender stereotypes in the process.
While Hidden Figures is pretty ordinary its on screen portrayal, it does offer the right balance between hardcore maths and the people behind it. The screenplay is never monotonous and hits some moving peaks while providing some highly amusing interactions, particularly between the three women. Spencer, Monae and Henson are undoubtedly the highlight of the film and their on screen chemistry illuminates tenfold in these moments.
Overall, Hidden Figures highlights the work of some long overlooked, astonishing individuals. It’s a worthwhile testament to the way these women breached racial and gender stereotypes; a feat that’s still wholly relevant to society today. I truly hope this film is seen by a generation whose lifetimes can still be transformed by its message. I give Hidden Figures a rating of 3.5/5.