I have a list. It’s called “movie-related elements that can be found in a movie that will make it go from good to great”. I know, long title, but effective list. Now it is not very often that a film checks off multiple boxes on this list. In fact, the only movie that really knocks it out of the park is the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. However, Hidden Figures checks off a solid 5 and that is truly commendable (the whole list can be found on the page called “PFP’s Good to Great List”):
1) A bumpin’ soundtrack
2) Kevin Costner/Tom Hanks/Denzel Washington/Chris Pine/Colin Firth/Robert Redford
3) Strong females that rock the crap out of math and/or science and/or athletics
4) Racial and/or societal tension that results in the minority/oppressed showing how incredibly gifted they are as a race/culture/societal group
5) Southern/British/Australian accents
*the bold words are the ones related to Hidden Figures
This movie is really fantastic! I know that from watching the preview you might assume that it’ll be just like Remember the Titans subbing math for football, but it’s So. Much. More! This movie is so incredibly groundbreaking- it gives me chills just thinking about it! These three women, who are real people btw (based on a true story), went from being worker-bees to becoming integral employees of NASA, society, and history! It is one of the best civil rights movies I have ever seen! You leave the theater feeling empowered, satisfied, and so proud to have learned about these wonderful women’s lives! It is a must-see and you will be floored at the boldness, strength, and intellect of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson.
Popcorn Rating: 5 popped corns
You cannot go wrong with watching this movie! Again – see PFP Good to Great list. You can watch this on a date, with your mom, with your dad, with your grandparents, and by yourself! How many movies out there can appeal to those many combinations of audiences? Trust me, not many. GO. RENT. NOW.