Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Is it really true? by Josie Riviera

Although I’m not a big TV watcher, I love to watch movies.

And then I wondered:
If a movie is based on an actual event, how much of that movie is really true?

So, I checked out the website, Information Is Beautiful, which analyzes movies scene by scene.

I selected the movie, Hidden Figures, a biographical drama, and one of my favorites. This movie is taken from the 2016 nonfiction book: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Shutterfly. She began writing this book in 2010.

Wikipedia articulates the plot perfectly:
“Hidden Figures tell the story of three African-American woman who worked as computers to solve problems for engineers and others at NASA.”

The book was adapted to a Hollywood film with a budget of 25 million dollars, and an all-star cast included Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.

According to Information is Beautiful, Hidden Figuresreceived a rating of 74% true when the pedantry I selected was “c’mon, It’s the movies.”

However, when I selected “only the absolute truth,” the rating fell to 49%.

Want even more fun? Click on the scene-by-scene breakdown.

Do you like fact or fiction? Please leave your comments below.

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 Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.
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  1. Thank you for sharing Information is Beautiful, Josie. What a cool website. And - yay for armchair travel to Ireland, via your books!

  2. Thanks, Magdalena. And yes, it's a fun website.

  3. Hidden Figures is such a great movie. I enjoy watching movies, but I'm very picky. I have a hard time finding ones I like. I generally prefer "feel good" movies.

    1. I do too, Kimberly. It was surprising what was true and what wasn't in Hidden Figures.

  4. I love movies too and often watch the ones that are based on true stories. The website is awesome.

    1. Yes, the website is fun, Cindy. And I like to watch movies based on true stories too.

  5. I enjoy movies, especially ones based on true events. I kind of knew they didn't always give the complete story in those kinds of movies.

    1. True, Merrillee. I found it interesting how much was really true, or not true.

  6. I prefer fiction. I always watch movies based on real events with the expectation it has been embellished. I have never heard of this site. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You're very welcome, Gina. I found the website fun and interesting.

  7. Very interesting! Will check out the website!