Hidden Figures Movie Review

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Hidden Figures Movie Review

Karina Patterson, Editor

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The 2016 film, Hidden Figures, is about the true story behind NASA and the people who sent the first Americans into space. America was head to head with Russia to try to send the first man into space and one day even land on the moon.

This film highlights the brains behind one of America’s great accomplishments, sending John Glen into orbit. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) are three of the many ingenious women who worked as “computers” in NASA to help calculate numbers for the space program but never got the credit they deserved.

Katherine, as well as other African-American people, at NASA had to face abrupt racism and segregation everyday of their lives in NASA, but were still integral figures behind sending John Glenn to space. They helped defy boundaries of both race and gender in this truly heartwarming and eye opening film. When I saw this film in theaters, there were many rounds of applause throughout the film for the small, yet groundbreaking victories achieved.

Definitely a tear-jerker, if not for the cruel treatment of African-Americans but for just the pride one feels for seeing this remarkable story unfold before their eyes. Hidden Figures was nominated for two Golden Globe awards for “Best Original Score – Motion Picture” by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch and “Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role” for Octavia Spencer. I definitely recommend watching this film,  truly one for the books.