Last Monday (11th September), our friends at the Warner Brothers cinema once again did Millman Street Community Centre members proud, providing entertainment in the shape of a movie, followed by tea and cakes. By showing a film released back in January, they have aided this reporter’s ludicrous claim to offer The Last Word in Film Reviews, usually written about works of cinema that proper critics have reviewed long, long ago…
The latest cinematic treat was Hidden Figures. It is the story of three mathematicians – all African-American women – who toiled, unsung, behind the scenes during NASA’s launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962, heralding America’s entry into the Space Race.
The story of the brainbox mathematicians – Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) – also encompasses the American Civil Rights movement, and also in the background, the film partly examines the role of women in the USA at the time. The trio were, obviously, up against it from all sides…
Released in January 2017, in Canada, Hidden Figures was directed by Theodore Melfi. It also features Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons (Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory tv show).
The proper critics have long since reviewed the film, and their opinions can doubtless be found online. Including these three:
Dr Mark Kermode, for instance. He of the Kermodian Rant, esteemed critic and all round good egg, also bears a passing resemblance to HCA’s Older Peoples’ Manager, Andrew. You never see them together, do you…?
Antonia Quirke reviewed Hidden Figures for the New Statesmen. Her Quirke’s Cast and Crew documentaries on Radio 4 also shows that she knows what the “Best Boy” does, resolving the mystery which has perplexed film-goers since credits were first put on the end of movies…
Peter Bradshaw is best known as the Guardian‘s film critic, but it seems one of his colleagues reviewed Hidden Figures instead. However, his own acting ability is not bad, judging by role as Lord Peter in the sitcom Baddiel’s Syndrome, which he also co-wrote.
But what did our members think about Hidden Figures? Only a couple of those who attended were available to be interviewed, so we’ll have to take their word for it.
“I enjoyed it,” said Helena. “It was a good film. Very powerful. Something of interest. I enjoyed it; very good!”
Steve said: “It was a good two hours [worth]. Those three women went on to do great things. [Kevin] Costner was good in it,” he added. “Everybody clapped at the end,” he recalled.
Clever-clogs know what all this means…
And finally, a warning about “Mis-researching”, wherein a hapless hack accidentally stumbles on something that sounds similar to the relevant subject. Sort of. That’s how this particular fool arrived at Hidden Fig Honey Cake. For what it’s worth, check out: brokeassgourmet.com/articles/hidden-fig-honey-cake. Nothing to do with films, but what the hey?
Holborn Community Association would like to thank Warner Bros Cinema for once again providing our members with a wonderful Tea & Talkies presentation, and free of charge, to boot.
Report and, ahem, “review” by Notes Smudger