Hidden Fig­ures (PG)

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Direc­tor Theodore Melfi gives re­mark­able women Kather­ine G. John­son (Taraji P. Hen­son), Dorothy Vaughan (Oc­tavia Spencer) and Mary Jack­son (Janelle Monae) their wel­learned mo­ment in the spot­light.

The trio of African-Amer­i­can math­e­ma­ti­cians played a cru­cial role at NASA dur­ing the early years of the US space pro­gramme.

Melfi ef­fec­tively por­trays the racial ten­sions of the era and there are plenty of fist-pump­ing mo­ments as the lead trio fight for their be­liefs. All three play off each other well but it’s Hen­son who stands out the most, not least with her pow­er­house speech about her treat­ment to her NASA col­leagues.

But al­though hugely up­lift­ing, the film is lack­ing in true dra­matic heft.

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