An extraordinary story of three highly-intelligent black women working at NASA at the same time in the early 1960s in segregated West Virginia. Sadly, the episodic Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi (Saint Vincent) is a PG-palatable telling of their story and the institutionalised racism and sexism they had to overcome.
Each of the women broke through the restrictions imposed upon them with Hidden Figures choosing to focus on mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Think Like a Man). But her close friends Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer – The Help, Fruitvale Station) and engineer Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae – Moonlight) could have easily been a similar focus.
Some have liked the quiet telling of the very human story of the three women. But the lack of passion and friction undermines their struggle.