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Hidden Figures Movie Review

January 15, 2017

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures is based on the true story of three brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1950s and ’60s as “human computers” — making calculations and contributions that helped launch the manned spaceflight program.
Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) were engineers and computers at NASA at a time when both women and African Americans were still discriminated against,
There’s a little bit of romance (a few kisses, flirty comments, and slow dancing)

The film also offers a realistic look at the racial tensions of the Civil Rights era (segregated bathrooms, libraries, schools, facilities), and audiences will learn a lot about these pioneering women and what they had to overcome to make their mark at NASA. They’re excellent role models, and their story is full of positive messages and themes, including integrity, perseverance, teamwork, and communication.

The friendship between the three leads is the heart of the story, but the action favors Katherine, who’s working directly with the team that launches Glenn into orbit. Her extraordinary abilities as a mathematician earn her Al Harrison’s trust, top-secret clearance, and a chance to be there when key decisions are made. Audiences may wonder what was fictionalized for the adaptation and whether Glenn was really as open-minded, gracious, and flirtatious as he’s portrayed in the movie. Regardless of which details might be the result of a little creative license, the pre-credits tribute picturing the real Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson make it clear that Hidden Figures is a story that needed to be told — and it’s told in a triumphant manner.

I could have watched these ladies on the big screen all day.

Run Time –  2hrs 7mins
Opens –  26 January 2016

 

 

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