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12:00 AM, February 11, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 11, 2017

Hidden Figures

Director: Theodore Melfi

Screenplay: Theodore Melfi & Allison Schroeder

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Strength: Screenplay, Acting

Duration: 127min

Rating: 8/10

PLOT: This biographical drama is heavily based on true events regarding NASA's space projects back in the early 1960s. The story follows an unlikely category of people, African-American women, who played a crucial role in making the space projects a success and making NASA what it is today. The plot revolve around Mathematician Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson) and two of her co-workers who are the best in their respective departments. Yet, they fail to move forward to more sophisticated and reputed designations only because they belong to the “coloured” race. The film depicts the struggles of the “coloured women” in completing their mission of making a difference and redefining the capabilities of the minor race. 

REVIEW: This movie was co-written and directed by Theodore Melfi, followed by excellent performances from each noteworthy actor, especially Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Globe. The story gives a good vibe to the past, complementing the fine balance of lifestyle in the 60s. The attention to detail is marvellous; from the paint job of the cars to the equations on the board to the very last decimal, are very precisely displayed. This movie very frankly portrays the level of racism that existed at the time with no exaggeration, and gives a clear picture of how much America has changed. Rocket Science never looked any better, despite being portrayed in a simple manner. Also, Jim Parsons's role gives faith for the scientific explanations but one can’t help but imagine him as Sheldon Cooper. The movie delivered the promised drama, while still keeping a classy balance of emotions and realism. The screenplay is such that you would not want to take your eyes off it. The story is true and does not fail to win our hearts with all its contents. The movie is suitable for all audiences and is definitely a “must watch”.

Reviewed by Ashish Kalam

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