The story of this film was definitely intriguing to me, as was its cast. So when it started getting awards attention and a platform release, I went to see it as soon as I could when it came close to me. I was ultimately satisfied, however, Best Picture material it is not.
The story of the film is very interesting and inspiring. The characters are well-developed and the pacing and comedic relief are good. The only issues, in my opinion, are a few areas in which the commentary is incorporated a bit more stereotypically, giving it a less natural and more forced feel, however, these scenes mostly occurred in the subplots. Otherwise, I really liked the writing. The acting of the film is also phenomenal. Taraji P. Henson delivers an amazingly strong female lead performance that is being snubbed of nominations. Octavia Spencer is equally strong in her supporting role. Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, and Jim Parsons all also deliver strong supporting performances.
The film also had some impressive technical elements. The cinematography is really impressive, especially during the scenes in which they are doing the testing or the space flights. I also loved the use of music in the film, both the score and the soundtrack, to advance the mood.
Overall, I really liked "Hidden Figures". There are a few cheesy, forced moments, but otherwise, the writing, acting, and filmmaking are very good. It is an interesting biopic.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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