Monday, January 23, 2017

Hidden Figures (2016)

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali. 127 min. Rated PG. Historical/Biography.

Don't get me wrong. This is an energizing story about how genius African-American women, against all racist odds, advanced NASA in the 60's, and helped get an American into orbit. But some scenes prove the writers enjoyed true freedom at dramatizing the material (Octavia Spencer walking up to the room-sized IBM and fixing it at a glance sealed the deal for me). I enjoyed this star-studded film, especially that watching Taraji Henson and Kevin Costner back in true form was a delight. But at the end, I didn't know which part of "based on a true story" to believe.

Update: Looks like there were quite a few liberties taken while writing the script.

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