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January 18, 2017

Hidden Figures

I feel bad even saying this, but as great as this story is, the movie just felt really shallow. It felt more-so like a tv movie to me. To be fair, there were a handful of really well-done, powerful moments. And I get that it’s meant to be a movie for the whole family, so I can’t be too judgemental. But everything was just a little too clean and perfect. It’s trying so hard to point out how backwards and bad society was at the time (and it was), that it never really becomes a good movie. It felt like most of the movie was black women walking into rooms full of white men, and all the men stopping what they were doing and looking up like… “what the?” And I’m sure this is realistic. I’m sure this happened a lot. But after two or three times in a movie, we get it. Let’s concentrate more on the women themselves. (Also, as a side note, Kevin Costner started chewing a new piece of gum in every single scene for some reason, and that was dumb.) All that being said, I still think it should be seen. These are women people should know about, and they should be celebrated.
Also, sadly, throughout the movie I couldn’t help but think about how eerily timely/current the whole thing felt; racism, sexism, even the friction with Russia… which just made me really sad.


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