Hidden Figures (Melfi, 2016)

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An important historical drama which, in spite of some narrative contrivance and sentimental gesturing, succeeds in conveying the under recognized role of three African American women during a significant moment in America’s past.

Its use of dramatization is unlike most Hollywood pictures which use dramatization as a form of embellishment, fictionalizing a film in order to make it more interesting. With Hidden Figures, the dramatization is simply used in order to best convey the truth. It is a matter of using artifice as means of honest expression through art, something which the Italian Neorealist movement (fictional films which well documented a historical period) did for Italian culture in the 50s.

This is, in a sense then, neo-Hollywood, using three standout African American actresses to let the truth be known via dramatic fashion. Any inkling of blockbuster contrivance is done in favour of supporting morally positive content, and for this it receives major kudos.

77/100 – Very Good.

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About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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