Hidden Figures is a true to life story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains during the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space which turned the Space Race around and restored America’s confidence during the 1960’s. The brilliant women crossed all race and gender lines which inspired America to dream big for generations.
The movie is a crowed-pleaser with a hint of American history about African-Americans, their struggles and segregation in the South. The opening of the movie shows the three women trying to fix their car in a road in Virginia while on their way to work in NASA when a white police officer pulls up and started questioning them. You thought they will be dragged into jail but instead got escorted to their jobs at NASA where they work as mathematicians.
It is a feel-good movie with great acting by the 3 leads as well as the supporting casts. The story is easy to follow and although it is slow on some parts, the math behind the space program is laid out in a fashion that is easy to understand. The movie did not only tell the hidden figures behind the space program, it also told the stories of “hidden figures” in American history and their contributions.
The story may be predictable but overall the movie is a good watch; the movie shattered stereotypes on women especially African-American women. It has an uplifting plot about women who never gave up and follow their dreams.
It stars Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, Kevin Costner as Al Harrison, Kirsten Dunst as Vivian Mitchell and Jim Parsons as Paul Stafford; directed by Ted Melfi and co-wrote it with Allison Schroeder.
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