Work­man­like di­rec­tion holds back Fig­ures

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Hid­den Fig­ures (PG) Di­rected by Theodore Melfi Star­ring Taraji P Hen­son, Oc­tavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Cost­ner 127 mins make him a holy white saviour. When he gets the wake-up call, he takes ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion, but only af­ter Katherine calls bulls... on ev­ery­one in a hugely sat­is­fy­ing scene that uses Hen­son’s emo­tive skills to full ca­pac­ity.

It gets deeper with Dorothy’s (Oc­tavia Spencer) sto­ry­line, a should-be-su­per­vi­sor forced to butt heads with her boss Vi­vian (Kirsten Dunst). Vi­vian is vi­cious, and racist, but not nec­es­sar­ily a vi­cious racist, al­low­ing the film to ex­pose de­grees of racial in­tol­er­ance that re­side in ev­ery­day peo­ple.

It’s a shame the com­mand­ing Janelle Mona´e as Mary feels heav­ily side-lined in com­par­i­son, resur­fac­ing for a de­cent but laboured court case.

Di­rec­tor Theodore Melfi doesn’t do any­thing to make the math mumbo jumbo seem in­ter­est­ing ei­ther – vis­ually or oth­er­wise – which has al­ways been a prob­lem for movies about amaz­ing sci­ence nerds.

His work­man­like ap­proach – iron­i­cally – holds back this oth­er­wise in­cred­i­ble work­women tale. – Liam Maguren

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Janelle Monae, Taraji P Hen­son and Oc­tavia Spencer are the im­pres­sive act­ing trio at the heart of Hid­den Fig­ures.

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