Monday, 20 February 2017

Hidden Figures Review












Hidden Figures


Release Date: 5th February 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Fox 2000 Pictures
Chernin Entertainment
Levantine Films
TSG Entertainment (made in association with)

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 127 minutes


Budget: $25,000,000

Box Office Gross: $231,416,919
(Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)


Plot Summary
The inspirational true story of the first female African-American mathematician Katherine Johnston, and her two colleagues Dorothy and Mary Jackson, whose groundbreaking calculations helped NASA catch up in the "Space Race" with the Soviet Union and allowed John Glenn to become the first American astronaut to successfully make a complete orbit of the Earth.

In addition to helping launch John into orbit, the brilliant women crossed gender and race lines, defied expectations and battled stereotypes. In the process, they inspired generations of people to aim high and dream big.


Cast
Taraji P. Henson - Katherine G. Johnston
Octavia Spencer - Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle MonĂ¡e - Mary Jackson
Kevin Costner - Al Harrison 
Kirsten Dunst - Vivian Mitchell
Jim Parsons - Paul Stafford
Glen Powell - John Glenn
Mahershala Ali - Col. Jim Johnson
Aldis Hodge - Levi Jackson
Kimberly Quinn - Ruth
Olek Krupa - Karl Zielinski
Kurt Krause - Sam Turner
Ken Strunk - Jim Webb
Lidya Jewett - Young Katherine Coleman
Donna Boscoe - Mrs. Joylette Coleman
Ariana Neal - Joylette Johnson
Saniyya Sidney - Constance Johnson
Zani Jones Mbayise - Kathy Johnson
Tre Stokes - Levi Jr.
Selah Kimbro Jones - Carolyn Marie Jackson
Corey Mendell Parker - Howard Vaughan
Ashton Tyler - Leonard Vaughan
Alkoya Brunson - Kenneth Vaughan
Karah Kendrick - Younger
Joylette Coleman
Jaiden Kane - Joshua Coleman
Gregory Alan Williams - Marion Smithson
Maria Howell - Ms. Summer
Arnell Powell - Professor Graves
Dane Davenport - Alan Shepard
Evan Holtzman - Deke Slayton
Travis Smith - Scott Carpenter
Scott Michael Morgan - Bill Calhoun

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director - Theodore Melfi
Based on the Book/Executive Producer - Margot Lee Shetterly
Screenplay - Allison Schroeder
Executive Producers - Jamal Daniel, Kevin Halloran, Ivana Lombardi, Mimi Valdes and Renee Witt
Producer/Music - Pharrell Williams
Producers - Peter Chernin, Donna Gilgotti and Jenno Topping
Co-Producer - Kimberly Quinn
NASA Consultant - Sheva Moore
Production Designer - Wynn Thomas
Costume Designer - Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
Cinematography - Mandy Walker
Special Effects Supervisor - Mark R. Byers
Film Editor - Peter Teschner
Music - Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch


Review 
I have recently viewed a few of the new released movies contending for Oscar nominations, one of these is HIDDEN FIGURES. This historically dramatic film was based on an overlooked moment of history, the movie's plot was a surprise to me as I never thought it'd be about three black women wanting to change the history of NASA and face their struggles of being discriminated. I didn't watch any movies that took place in a time of segregation back when Martin Luther King had yet to introduce the civil rights policy in America. I am deeply moved by this feature and I find HIDDEN FIGURES to be very interesting in its perspective at showing the African American involvement in the space program. It justifies its appeal to modern audiences into watching a film that consists of a dramatic storyline of female empowerment and equality. 

The actresses like Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer brought out their compelling performances in the movie with other cast members, Kevin Costner, Kristen Dunst and Jim Parsons also standing out with their huge parts in the movie. The latter being the very reason that I wanted to see HIDDEN FIGURES since I am a fanatic of THE BIG BANG THEORY sitcom.

Educational and incredible, this is a must-see drama for all ages. It is a film that will continue to please audiences for years to come.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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