|HIDDEN FIGURES (director/writer: Theodore Melfi; screenwriters: based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly/Allison Scheoeder; cinematographer: Mandy Walker; editor: Peter Teschner; music: Benjamin Wallfisch/Pharrell Williams/Hans Zimmer; cast: Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan), Jim Parsons (Paul Stafford), Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson), Kirsten Dunst (Vivian Michael), Kevin Costner (Al Harrison), Glen Powell (John Glenn), Mahershala Ali (Jim Johnson); Runtime: 125; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Peter Chernin/Jenno Topping/Theodore Melfi/Donna Gigliotti/Pharrell Williams; 20th Century Fox; 2016)|
worthy upbeat historical film on the early
pioneers of NASA never fails to point out
how courageous and saintly were its three
by Dennis Schwartz
Theodore Melfi ("St. Vincent") directs in a non-critical hero-worshipping way from a serviceable screenplay he co-wrote with Allison Schroeder. It's based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.
The worthy upbeat historical film on the early pioneers of NASA never fails to point out how courageous and saintly were its three black protagonists and how back then racism was part of the normal fabric in Virginia, even inside NASA. By virtue of their abilities each lady forged ahead as pioneers who broke down racial and gender barriers at NASA and are viewed as inspirational figures for all Americans then and now.
REVIEWED ON 12/9/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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