.

By Tania Phillips

Hidden Figures (PG)
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae

Fun, bold, sassy and well told without really sinking into sentimentality or preaching, Hidden Figures tells the story of three incredibly gifted mathematicians working for NASA in the early 1960s.
Of course what makes the story even more interesting is that they were African American women living in a time when prejudices ran deep against women, working women and African Americans, and yet these three women crossed lines of gender of race.
Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) served as some of the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that resorted US confidence, turned around the space race, and galvanised the world.
Octavia Spencer as usual dominates the screen and Taraji P. Henson’s Katherine is a beautifully understated portrait.
However it’s a surprising and fictional character that really brings this picture together – Kevin Costner as Al Harrison, the head of the NASA facility where they work.
He is actually a fictionalised conglomeration of three guys that worked there at the time, according to Costner in recent interviews.
It’s Costner’s prickly but ultimately endearing character Harrison and his slow realisation of both their talent and what they go through that gives you a window into that time.
There are some movies that are great entertainment and some that inform you and this is one that manages to do both – and is justifiably a dark horse for this year’s best picture Oscar.

More News

Pakenham has missed out on the first allocation of frontline police officers promised by the Andrews Government, with Casey and ...

Premier Daniel Andrews has presented 12 Casey-Cardinia students with Premier Awards for excellence in their 2016 VCE subjects. The students were presented ...

In the middle of a national housing crisis, Cardinia Shire has been named one of Melbourne’s most affordable shires ...

New life may soon be brought to Dalmore Hall, with plans to restore the historical building to its former glory. ...

A real life dog will take centre stage in Beaconshills College Pakenham’s latest production of The Wizard of Oz. ...

It’s the Pakenham equivalent of the search for the owner of the glass slipper in the Cinderella fairytale. Pakenham ...

Latest Sport

The 33-game losing streak of the Nar Nar Goon Maryknoll first XI will be a thing of the past at ...

The Pakenham Warriors’ undefeated streak to start the new Division 2 men’s Big V basketball season has stretched to five ...

The menacing and imposing figure of former Brisbane champion Jonathan Brown looms large on the horizon for the South East ...