Hidden Figures (PG)
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.