Last night we watched HIDDEN FIGURES. I liked it a lot. I didn’t love it, but I think highly of it.
It’s a little cloying. A bit cliché. There’s nothing wrong with clichéd elements, but they could have skipped a little quicker over some of that intro. Having said that, it’s an important story, and we were happy to give it two hours of our time.
Inspiring, obviously. Ultimately uplifting, obviously. No surprises, but pleasant and recommended for historical value.
It’s crazy to think about how recent this level of bigotry was an accepted given in this country. Mark commented, “This was two years before we were born.” It’s always stunning to be reminded of the inhumanity of the world we were born into.
The film is beautifully shot. Mark was distracted by the mismatch of the music, an odd choice of using a mix of authentic period music with new Pharrell Williams songs. The disconnect was especially vivid when the characters are specifically shown listening to contemporary music on the radio.
Emotional wallops and suspense
As one would expect, the period details are attractive and presumably authentic. The mixture of news footage and computer generated recreation melds well together.
It takes a while to get to the emotional wallops and suspense, but they come … and are satisfying.
I’m surprised Taraji P. Henson is not nominated. I might have voted for her. I liked Octavia Spencer’s performance, but I’m not sure it rises to the level I would expect for a best actress nod.