Hidden Figures is a rote, by-the-numbers biopic, with dime-a-dozen filmmaking preventing any real performances from a series of great actors and actresses. There isn’t an original beat in this film, every moment note-for-note copied from dozens of films before. The grudging earning of respect, the breakthroughs made, the peaks and valleys and ups and downs – all of this has been done so many times before. Continue reading “2017 Movie #70: Hidden Figures (2016)”
Moonlight, the newly anointed Academy Award winner for Best Picture, is a lesson in cinematic minimalism and subtlety, a film of spare, luscious vision. A lesser film would take every opportunity to remind the audience of its grand vision, its cinematic importance; such a lesser film would feature sweeping montages and visuals, cinematic moments and monologues for the actors to chew upon. Instead, director Barry Jenkins makes the right decisions in order to ensure that we’re never taken out of the experience of watching Moonlight. It’s less ostentatious and more rewarding.