In this episode, Adaptation reviews Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and the 2016 film that’s based on it. The hosts marvel at the fact that they were unaware of these amazing women and how hard math is while comparing the two.
Question(s) of the Week: Do you know of any other hidden figures that should have movies made about them?
Kendyl and Dorin follow up their discussion of Tim Crothers’ book by talking about Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016), why they never quite got the hang of chess, and what would make it a little more interesting to them.
Jenn and Kendyl discover what the real meaning of “based on the true story” according to Hollywood and despair at the twisting of the story that In the Heart of the Sea (2015) is based on. An enjoyable film? Sure. A generally true story? Not really.
Jenn and Kendyl discuss the first nonfiction narrative that we’ve covered on Adaptation, Nathanial Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea. While sometimes confused by the many names to remember, their enjoyment is obvious in the fierceness with which they’ve become Team Whale.