Rumi Reviews Movies: Hidden Figures

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Rumi Rating: 4.5/5 

I love a good movie that is not only inspirational and motivational, but also entertaining and educational, bigger than life yet oh so very real, drawing the right empathetic emotions out of the audience at the right time without sacrificing on humor or comic relief, a good plot line or character development. And it never hurts if the movie is based on true events.

Big shoes to fill right? Very specific and demanding right? #stickupmyass #movieconnoisseur

So you won't find it hard to believe that most of the time I am never truly satisfied with a film; there will always be a thing or two that I believe would have made it even better - with the exception of a few of my favourite film-makers, they can do no wrong. Right Sanjay Leela Bhansali?  #nothingifnotloyal 

Hidden Figures hit all those points for me, and disregarding a few monologues that I thought could have made more of an impact, the movie was a true joy to watch. I'm a big fan of all of the leads- Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parson, Kirsten Dunst(who needs to fire her make-up artist ASAP)-everyone brought authenticity to their roles, keeping it very close to Earth (pun intended. Don't get it? The movie is about sending people into space. Get it now? No? God save you.)  

The soundtrack was amazing - of course it was - Pharrell Williams is a producer, the story didn't get too complicated with the mathematics - they very smartly included explanations into the script, they didn't try to Hollywood the plot line with unexpected twists or surprises, they let the true story shine.

The true story, that in my opinion, wasn't about sending men into space, but was the fighting spirit of these extra-ordinary woman.  I loved that they didn't try to make the women into victims in the movie, they were shown as strong independent smart woman, who understood the times and put their heads down and got to work, wise enough to know when to fight and when to walk away. I love how they made sure we understood the odds these women faced to do well in their careers, not just as African Americans but also as women in a time when being just one of those things was crippling. Incorporating the signs of the times they lived in, the colored washrooms, the colored drinking fountains, only made the divide and the uphill battle that much more real. 

The men in the movie did an excellent job being foils to these amazing woman and their stories. Jim Parsons personifying the attitude of the times with disdain on his face perfectly, Kevin Costner playing the ahead of his times man with ease and conviction. Both of the men magnifying the others qualities wonderfully. 

It's a good movie, go watch it.

PS- the lip colors these woman rock are

Here's the trailer: 

And another one. Because it's just that good. 



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