Hidden Figures (2016) – Ace Mini-Review

Hidden Figures
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Written by: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
U.S.A., 2016

How good is this movie?

If you want a feel-good, family-friendly movie about female empowerment – and black female empowerment in particular – you can’t do much better than Hidden Figures. It’s not an artistically daring film, and there are plenty of corny moments that I’m sure are pure Hollywood. But it tells an important story about discrimination and resistance while staying funny and optimistic.

How ace is this movie?

Mary and Dorothy both have husbands, and Katherine has a love-interest, but they’re not the major focus of the story. Katherine and Jim’s romantic arc is a cute sub-plot, but a minor one. Basically, the film acknowledges romance and wifehood as important parts of the characters’ lives, but it is more interested in their other pursuits – like engineering, computer programming, and advanced mathematics.

3.5 Stars; 3 Aces

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