Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells
This year’s newest film Hidden figures received out of the world ratings from sources all over the U.S., passing up the recent Rouge one in the box office and keeping the title of number one movie since its national release.
This PG drama is based on the true story of three intelligent African-American women and their team who helped provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
This film is approximately 127 minutes and shows different real-life situations concerning these women and their point of view on the world around them.
The Personal rating is eight out of ten stars for the feature film.
The main setting of the movie is in Virginia 1961 and the plot primarily focuses on the life of Kathrine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and her two friends and co-workers Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae).
These behind the scenes women were called “computers” by NASA staff and were often overlooked by others because of their skin color.
However, the trio did their best to not let setbacks in their journey bring them down.
The audience watches as Kathrine, Dorothy, and Mary push through the ranks and cross both gender and racial lines fearlessly.
The actresses did a wonderful job portraying these women and their roles were fully embraced by the audience.
I believed this film was a cool way to show the different areas behind the scenes for sending a man into space.
It was great to see that these women had a major role in achieving one of Americas greatest accomplishments despite being undervalued by their peers.
One thing that stuck out me was how the movie didn’t just focus on these women and their personal lives.
The movie also made a point to bring in images of the segregation and of peaceful protests that were going on during this time as well as showing how it affected all African Americans during this time.
This movie promotes that all genders and all races can do the unthinkable when we work towards the goal together.
It is just as the NASA director Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) said during one popular scene, “We either get there together, or we don’t get there at all”.
The movie and the message gives the younger audience more understanding and proves to them that there are many opportunities for women to succeed no matter the color of our skin.
One thing to look for after watching this movie is the pictures at the beginning of the credits showing the women doing their work and see how they continued to move up in the science community.
My conclusion for this movie is that it deserves credit for finding the truth about these women.