After wasting hours on La La Land and Moonlight, we finally watched a terrific movie last night, Hidden Figures. I had been told that this was really the top film, and of the ones I’ve seen, it’s no contest. (Synopsis: The story of African-American women who played a vital role in the unprecedented calculations required to launch and retrieve astronauts from orbit after the Sputnik scare put urgency into our space program, and the womens’ shabby treatment in the white, male establishment.)
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe are excellent in the starring roles. Most of the other roles were broad stereotypes, and Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons (who was awful) could have been played by anyone. At first I said to myself that the racial prejudice wasn’t really that bad, but then I thought back to my education and business experiences in the 1960s and realized it was. None of us can afford to forget those times and learn from them.
But, speaking of learning, we have an incident of horrible racism at Fenway Park in Boston a couple of days ago in 2017. The Red Sox were the very last major league baseball team to hire a black player (Pumpsie Green in 1959). Apparently, some people in Boston haven’t learned much over the last half-century.
This movie should be required viewing up there.
© Alan Weiss 2017