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