People keep giving Jenna Bush a hard time for referring to Hidden Figures as Hidden Fences, but maybe she was really just referring to the Wayans Brothers follow up to Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood….
All jokes aside, Hidden Figures tells the true stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three black women who played pivotal, behind the scenes roles at NASA’s Langley Research Center during the Space Race. Played wonderfully by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, respectively, the film highlights the previously under reported mathematic and engineering accomplishments of the three in a state that still abided by segregation laws (despite Brown vs Board of Education occurring in 1954, the State of Virginia steadfastly remained resistant to integration in the early 1960’s when most of this film takes place).
I’m not just saying this because it’s politically correct. Hidden Figures is nothing short of DELIGHTFUL and it’s been a long time since I liked a non-animated PG movie this much. Apollo 13 meets Remember The Titans. As lazy as that interpretation is, it doesn’t make it inaccurate. There were even control center props from Apollo 13 repurposed for the film. Costarring Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Glenn Powell (Everybody Wants Some) as hip John Glenn, and the old 60’s movie staple of Kevin Costner’s buzzcut. Grade: A-