Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hidden Figures (2016) - Film Review


*Originally written January 9th, 2017*

"Oscar bait garbage"

This really wasn't for me. Crowd-pleasing Oscar bait with a ton of cringe. It told an interesting story of NASA's unsung heroes in the form of the black female workers who no one really talks about. So it's awesome they got a film that's dedicated to them. It's just a shame that it's this...

A deeply generic and cliched biopic that rarely does anything interesting with its premise. It's the sort of film your mum will love, so that's an indication of what to expect. It's a blandly shot, like a bigger budget lifetime movie and furiously overlong. None of the characters are really explored for a film of this length either, and while despite being friends, the 3 main leads rarely spent any screen-time together, which was strange.

The three leads give alright performances that barely elevate the awful script full of so many cringe-worthy moments that just made me wanna kill myself. Most of that was due to the horrific music choices which were some of the most on the nose and hamfisted music cues I have experienced in a long time. Lots of slow-motion shots of women walking in unison while some overbearing music with lyrics like "I'm not gonna take it anymore" booms in the background. Painful.

The stuff I liked was when they explored some of the more horrible issues of race in the 1960's. White people really were fucking pricks in the '60s. Being disgusted to drink from the same coffee pot, different section for black people in the library. You know what happened. I felt they handled all that stuff pretty well. It was also nice to see Jim Parsons play an obnoxious racist as opposed to an obnoxious geek with Aspergers. I was a little surprised by the cast. Kevin Costner is here as the closest thing there is to a likeable white man, while Kirsten Dunst has a small and thankless role as well... a racist.

So that was Hidden Figures painfully cringe-worthy Oscar bait that really was not my thing at all. The first film of 2017 that I've really hated.

3/10 Dans

Hidden Figures is out now on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD in the UK
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