Hidden Figures (2016)

We’re rated G this time.

A racism movie that’s masquerading as a math movie isn’t a well-worn genre, but Hidden Figures would be an excellent template if such a genre ever took off. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae are a terrific team playing 3 brilliant black women at NASA in this true story. Theodore Melfi’s finest film handles race relations in far less clumsy ways than other recent cracks at the complex subject (cough cough Green Book). We addressed the suggestion that Kevin Costner is playing a white saviour and we obviously dug into all the racism…ie. the stupidly self-defeating practice of shunning people just because they’re different from you. So saunter off to the washroom with your notebooks several times a day, but make sure our 379th episode is cooing in your ears on the way.

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Katherine Johnson, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monae at the 2017 Oscars

Links to: Apollo 13 and St. Vincent and Moonlight and Green Book and BlacKkKlansman

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: Ghost World

February 8th on The Ellises’ Analysis: Beauty And The Beast