My Thoughts on ‘Hidden Figures’

I still have to watch 3 Best Picture nominees so I don’t have time to write an extensive review on Hidden Figures, which is why I’m keeping it short. Putting the Civil Rights issues aside, the film was inspiring and motivating because it reiterated the concept that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. If you work hard enough and want something bad enough, you will achieve it.

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This movie offers insight into NASA during the Space Race, which was also at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. There were many African-American women who had crucial roles in getting the first American into space. This film did an amazing job of portraying the science and mathematics behind launching a spaceship, while not forgetting the segregation that was going on in America at the time.

This one is a must watch (and isn’t depressing like so many of the Academy Award nominated movies are). Hats off to Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and the rest of the incredible cast of Hidden Figures!!!

Here is a great (and longer) article about the film and the true story it tells.

‘La La Land’ Review!

[SPOILER ALERT!]

Let me start by saying I have been listening to the La La Land soundtrack non-stop ever since I saw it two weeks ago and I am obsessed. I absolutely LOVED the movie. With that being said, I cannot believe it got 14 Academy Award nominations! I do think they deserve it, but I just can’t imagine it up against the more serious films.

Set in the present day, the musical is about two people who are trying to make it in Hollywood, one pursuing an acting career, one pursuing a music career. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling each delivered heartfelt performances. They immersed themselves into their roles and really became Mia and Sebastian. I particularly enjoyed J.K. Simmons’ cameo because I think he is amazing in everything he does. I also loved the cinematography and the montages (I personally think there aren’t enough montages in modern day films). There is honestly nothing bad I can say about La La Land (yes, I was okay with the ending because I knew they were happy and got what they wanted. I mean, let’s be real, we knew they weren’t going to end up together because they each wanted very different things and they had to let go of each other in order to throw themselves into their work).

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Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone)

I appreciated that there weren’t many characters to worry about. They didn’t inform us about some of the cast from the beginning but I didn’t find myself asking questions like, “did Mia move out of her apartment?” or “did the roommates get what they wanted?” because it was irrelevant. The writers and director did a great job of sticking to the two main storylines.

I think that they even got away with the planetarium scene because it is a musical and anything can happen in musical! The dance, music, and pure joy of the film was truly contagious and it made me wish it was real life.