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Movie Recommendation: Hidden Figures (2016)

Written by Jonathan Frank

Movie Recommendation: Hidden Figures (2016)

Age Rating: PG.  Genre: Drama/History.  Score: 7.8/10 IMDb.  My Rating: 7.5/10.  Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer.  Directed By: Theodore Melfi.  Run-time: 2h 7m.

Honestly, I really did like this movie, I feel like it took a good approach to showing off their message, where as many of these times of movies often try and show their message off in the most obvious and easiest ways possible, this movie really took the time and effort to be well written and at times subtle. Many of the characters are believable in their actions and the conversations they have, probably because they are based off of real people and real events. The writers, costume design, directors, and the entire production team did a very nice job in making the audience feel like it truly was the time period they were showing, which is very impressive given the amount of locations they used in the film. It’s very difficult to make a city in 2017 make it look like it’s in the early 1960s. They were able to properly balance the amount of comedy, seriousness, and various other pieces of this film to make it very balanced, and entertaining. So congratulations to Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi The screen writers and director of this movie for making it so believe able and balanced in an on screen adaption of Margot Lee Shetterly’s Story. Each actor was able to also deliver emotional, and all outstanding performances. Each main and supporting character was able to achieve a level of realism and depth in their character that was truly outstanding (aside from a few child actors, but oh well). Even people like Jim Parsons (actor of Paul) was able to deliver an impressive performance.

Another thing that these producers were able to impressively capture of this time period was the technology of it all, with the first “Computer” and all the various electronics they had to use, it makes us realize we have come such a far way that now our cellphones in our pockets have can do all the work of these space missions. Just less than 60 years ago, we never had all of this electronics, and all we had was people computers to calculate the numbers others couldn’t, and even some of them couldn’t do it. I know I couldn’t. It’s a wonderful thing to think about, just 50 years ago on July 20th, we landed on the moon. What does the next 50 years have for us?

Now time of move on from a direct review of the movie and time to talk more about how it made me feel. To be honest, I’m an emotional movie watcher, I do tend to cry for movies, and while watching this movie, there was a few moments that I came really close to crying, unfortunately I could not cry because I was in the middle of a classroom full of other high school seniors and juniors. As a history buff, I have read and researched plenty on the topic of segregation and the civil rights movement. However, reading and researching is not the same as seeing, and watching. Watching this movie was still a sort of shock to me just how bad things really were 50 almost 60 years ago, and it’s still bad in many ways today. It was a shock even after all that research because trying to imagine being denied your dreams, and punished due to the color of your skin or the gender you were born is something beyond awful. It was great to see a story of people who did overcome it, 3 intelligent women who were able to not only break the race barrier, but the gender barrier as well. If that’s not inspirational, then I have no clue what inspiration is.

All around, this movie was a great one. I would definitely recommend that other people would watch this if they have seen it, no matter their race, gender, political beliefs, or whatever differences they have, it should be an inspiration to everyone to know that you should not give up on something you want because you are told that you can’t do it. So, keep on climbing and one day, you’ll reach the moon. (To be honest, that last line is really cheesy.)

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Jonathan Frank