Review: “Hidden Figures”

We all know that it was men that first walked on the moon, but how many of us know that if it were not for some extraordinary women, America may not have won the race to the moon? This is the tale of “Hidden Figures”. It is the true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), phenomenal mathematicians who were crucial to NASA’s early space program.

Hidden Figures is an astonishing story. Here were three women who not only had to make it in a man’s world, but they had to fight even harder to have their voices heard because not only were they women, but they were black women living in a time of racism and segregation.

This film deserves to win big at the Oscars. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae give killer performances and are finely supported by Kevin Costner (it’s great to see him back), Mahershala Ali, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons and Kirsten Dunst.

“Hidden Figures” is outstanding! It never once manipulates the audiences’ emotions, but at the same time it has you feeling a range of emotions. You will be inspired, happy, cheering, and at other times you will be angry, sad and frustrated, but, ultimately you will be in awe of what these women were able to achieve! If these women could kick butt under such repressive circumstances, what excuse do we have for not  doing the same in our lives?

It is great to see that finally, Katherine G Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are getting the recognition they deserve. They are hidden figures no more! Go see this film and walk away not afraid to dream big and to make it happen!

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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