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Saturday, January 14, 2017

FINDING HIDDEN FIGURES

FINDING HIDDEN FIGURES

I thoroughly enjoyed Hidden Figures. It's a hard film not to like. The three leads are perfectly cast and Kevin Costner holds the center together. Jim Parsons is a bit jarring only because he seems to be channeling Sheldon's evil twin.
 
There are faults. The racism angle is definitely pertinent to the story, but is heavy-handed at times. You also begin to ask yourself how many times Taraji P. Henson is going to be forced to run the half mile to the 'colored bathroom' and bac...k while trailing classified reports like so much toilet paper stuck to her click-clacking sensible heels.
 
However, like the film Enigma about Alan Turing's math genius leading to the cracking of the WWII German coding machine and the invention of the first computer, Hidden Figures is riveting when it is focused on the math geniuses behind the race to space. Even though we know the outcome (except for perhaps some gen-X and millennials for whom the space race is an ancient and murky legend), Hidden Figures manages to sustain its story's tension to the end.
 
This is not an Oscar contender filled with angst, drama, and scenery chewing. Instead, Hidden Figures is an entertaining, refreshing PG evening (not an f-bomb or hide the kids' eyes moment to be found) with many sparks for post viewing conversation...

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