Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons
The three black women at the center of this true story broke new ground. This biopic itself doesn’t.
Instead, Hidden Figures tells its tale with standard structure, arcs, and pacing. But it does it so well! The acting is phenomenal, the scenes are tight and relevant, the photography is sumptuous, and the art direction is joyous. This means the movie is simply a pleasure to watch.
So what if the plot never sends us into orbit. It’s still a well-made film.