Fiction promoted as fact = fake news. This is NOT a true story.
- Hidden Figures review by PV
This film is watchable in a plodding predictable way and we all know the plot trajectory these days. Basically, someone (who is NEVER a white man) works somewhere and faces opposition because of their race and/or gender so get kept down (while utterly useless white males, yet the ones who invented everything and made space travel possible, are shown as racist and sexist monsters).
Of course, the female and/or black hero wins through in the end and everyone realises they're a total genius who has been kept down by racism and sexism.
All very well, but it's JUST NOT TRUE. It is a LIE to claim the US space programme only worked because of 3 genius black women - they were part of a data processing team, sure. They crunched numbers. Women still dominate data-input and processing staff in firms now. But really, if one is to tick boxes, one would see the vast majority of the team who achieved that were white males. The main white character here played by Kevin Costner is a composite of 3 white males.
There is a glaring gender issue here: for whatever reason (innate reasons are probably the main cause), 19 our of 20 people in the top 10% IQ band are male; university maths courses are 80%+ male, as are physics classes (why schools in a female-friendly male-unfriendly school system struggle to get maths and physics teachers - coz most are male and they've left teaching for better careers).
Hollywood can claim what it wants and rewrite history - as it did with ARGO and U571 and THE PATRIOT. Fine. But it's VERY dangerous because people esp kids believe this to be true history and it's not. It's inspired by the racist African-American movement that aims to claim people in history as 'our own' - so absurdly claim that black people invented cars, vacuum cleaners, lawnmovers, washing machines etc etc etc. The feminist industry does the same. Neither interest me - what interests me is the truth.
Rewriting the truth is WRONG - it's what the Communists did and what the Fascists did and what the Chinese and North Koreans do now.
The USA has its own race issues and movies like this are made to 1) assuage white American guilt; 2) pander to the present 'political correctness' in Hollywood.
But I don't see why I have to swallow the lies such movies spew out. Fine, make a movie about black women at NASA but DO NOT claim they invented the wheel and were geniuses or that all white men are and were racist sexist monsters. Because that is a lie. L.I.E.
Just one example: NASA in fact banned segregated toilets in 1958. Think of that FACT when you watch this FICTION which promotes the lies that these black women had to use black only toilets. They didn't! The film starts in 1961! The black women because NASA supervisors in 1948 and 1958 - at a time this movie claims blacks were little better than slaves and denied all promotion at NASA. No-one in the USA dares to speak out about the lies in this movie and those expressed elsewhere - to do so would be as dangerous as opposing communism in communist Russia. Now, THAT'S bullying.
Heart rules the (female) director's head here. For some facts read this: https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film-review-hidden-figures-takes-liberties-with-real-life-facts-1.66710
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- Hidden Figures review by EC
Even if Hollywood has taken liberties with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, oh for heaven's sake, this is a story that needed to be told and full marks to all those involved with bringing it to the big screen. It was interesting to think of the word "computers" meaning people who compute, rather than the machines that do so. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this film and have recommended it to our friends and family, including those in the USA. The extras give some good background too.
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