Benz Eye View: Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures

Pros:

1.) The three main leads are just awesome.  Katherine Johnson is an incredibly intelligent woman who wants to help NASA in their space program.  Dorothy Vaughan wants to help lead as a supervisor, but cannot due to segregation.  Mary Jackson is a sassy engineer who wants to work her way to the top.  All three are a joy to watch, and have great chemistry with each other.

2.) Since this takes place during 1961, you can expect the film shows racism via segregation.  While this is very tiring at this point, it is well done, and how the leads deal with it is great.  Instead of being violent towards it, they do their jobs for NASA while respecting their bosses despite segregation in the work place, and it pays off.

3.) They sure know how to make mathematics and NASA fun while showing that it is no cakewalk.  Unless there is someone in NASA or in mathematics who can point out that what they are doing in the film is wrong, they manage to make the calculations interesting to the point where it is kind of fun.  Hopefully, this film will inspire some people to go to that field.

 

Cons: 

1.) I really like all three of the main leads, and I understand that the film spends more time with Katherine than Dorothy and Mary since she is the main character.  As a result, Dorothy and Mary’s plots are somewhat glossed over.  I still recall what Dorothy’s plot is, but Mary’s plot is so basic, it might as well be removed from the film.  Mary is my favorite character in the film, and it kind of ticks me off that she is placed in a forgettable plot.

2.) The film introduces a few minor characters and spends time with them for a few minutes, and they are barely seen again.  One of them are really liked was a Polish Jew named Karl Zielinski who welcomes Mary despite being black, and he is not really seen again until the third act.  I like to know them, but the film mainly concentrates on the three leads.  That is fine, but I wished I get to know some of the other characters as well.

3.) There are a couple of subplots that are not really necessary.  One subplot that stands out is that Mary’s husband has implied that he may want to do something to stop the racism via violence, but nothing really happens.  Do not bring these up if you are not going to do something about it.

 

Overall: 

Well, the Academy Awards have officially released their nominations, and I might as well catch up on the nominated Best Picture films that I have not seen yet.  I will start with this film: Hidden Figures.  Does the story of three black women working for NASA in the space program deserve to be nominated for Best Picture?  Yes.  If it is going to win is another question entirely, but it at least deserves it.  It is a great tribute to NASA, the three women who worked there despite segregation, and the hard work that eventually lead to the man walking on the moon.  It shows that it is best to work together in order to achieve your goals, and eventually creating new goals to outdo your previous ones.  It is inspirational, funny, and enjoyable to watch.

9/10

A small announcement, I decided to no longer make my Academy Award Choices since I found it to be pointless.  I will try making a Top Ten Best and Worst Films of 2016, but no promises.

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