4. Hidden Figures
Based on both a homonymous book and a true story, Hidden Figures focuses on a little-known side of the effort behind the Space Race in the mid-20th century. The film narrates the life and achievements of a few people who, although mistreated by history, played a crucial role in the development of space exploration.
During the 1960s, American society still had serious problems to grant equal opportunities to women and black people. And even when NASA had some of the most brilliant minds in the world, sexism and racism also had their place within the space agency.
Amid these conditions, three African-American women faced prejudice while working for NASA in different fields. But they soon demonstrated that their knowledge and skills were indispensable for the United States to send humans into space and beyond.
The film features great performances by stars such as Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner. While the script has well-crafted dialogues, its photography is impeccable and the music - which includes the legendary Hans Zimmer among its composers - is appropriate for every scene. All these factors make Hidden Figures a solid movie, with a powerful plot of its own that pleased both the general audience and the specialized critics.