My wife finally got around to reading Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures – Christmas present, and one of the easier gift choices I’ve had to make, honestly – so now I’m reading it. I’m enjoying it, thus far; it’s going to be interesting to see where the movie version combined, changed, and generally played around with events. Which has to happen: a movie has a different narrative flow than a book.
And so, adieu to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
My wife had off, so we went to go see it. Short version: oh, yeah, go see this movie. This is a really easy call to make.
Slightly longer version: good, solid movie that did an excellent job at making you understand what it was like to be black, female, and good at math while working at NASA in the early 1960s. The three leads were all fantastic. Of the three, the one I liked the best was the Dorothy Vaughan character: she was the one who most thought like a player-character. I enjoyed how she finessed things in that movie. I do love a good, morally sound scheme that goes off without a hitch.
Seriously, Hidden Figures is a fun flick with lots of space stuff in it. My wife also felt that it did a good job with making the math cool, although they could have done more to show how WHOMP WHOMP, WHOMP WHOMP, WHOMP WHOMP (I’m not a math guy). So you should have a good time.
Excellent box office and getting A ratings on both sides of the Rotten Tomatoes line, which is noteworthy. I’ve found that either the Tomatometer or the Audience Score can give you a good idea about whether you’ll like a particular film; hitting the center ring on both usually suggests that you may want to catch the flick. My wife was going to see it yesterday, only (surprise surprise) Hidden Figures was sold out on MLK Day. But she has off on Friday, so we’re going to do lunch and go see it together. Hopefully it’ll be a thing.