Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Movie Review: Hidden Figures

IMDB Storyline:  As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), and Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. 

Fangirl Thoughts: This is the movie that you need to see and please pay for it. These type of powerful and inspiring movies need the viewers support to let Hollywood know that these are they type of movies we want to see and not another foolish crap movie. Okay rant done. Now this movie is wonderfully shot. Each actress brings the character to life and while you think the movie will focus on Katherine's accomplishment it also highlights how the other ladies made an impact in NASA.
Frankly I am a bit disgusted that it takes this movie to educate us on some pivotal characters in our race to space. I do not recall Katherine's character being present in the Apollo 13 movie but turns out she was instrumental in that incident as well. This is one of many reasons why I was always fighting with my history teachers. The constant disregard of females and African Americans in history always irked me and I was lucky to have a father that believed in educating me about my history. This movie needs to be shown in schools and frankly these ladies need to be in the chapters of the history books that we cover in school (admit it, you realized that when it came to the chapters that covered "minority" accomplishments, the teacher just did not have enough time to cover those chapters "side eye") but I digress to almost another rant. 

I enjoyed this movie because it told the story while also educating you on the climate of the time. This was in the height of the Civil Rights movement and segregation. I enjoyed how well each lady carried themselves and showcased their intelligence. I was moved by the movie and I especially enjoyed how Dorothy Vaughn showed true leadership in uplifting the other ladies. I hope that other movies of this nature are made and soon begin to replace the current climate of movies/tv shows.

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