“Every time we get a chance to get ahead they move the finish line.”
Hidden Figures is the story of three African-American women who were instrumental during NASA’s space race.
Melfi authentically captures the fashion, music and tech of the exciting but fractured 60’s.
Oppressive race and gender relations are explored but this is an optimistic, triumphant story rather than an interrogation of the past.
But that’s the problem.
Whilst Hidden Figures is enjoyable, it’s a simplistic, formulaic account of a complex era.
Ultimately it falls short of being as inspirational or remarkable as its real ‘hidden figures’.