Film Friday: Hidden Figures

I feel that the tagline for Hidden Figures perfectly encapsulates the film. “Meet the women you don't know, behind the mission you do.” Many of us know or are somewhat aware of the events surrounding Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight program of the United States. What many people don't realize is that the project would not have been successful without the help of countless engineers and mathematicians, in particular Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. 

Based on a true story, Hidden Figures centers on a team of African-American women, including Johnson (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson), Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Jackson (Janelle Monáe), who aided NASA by calculating the flight trajectories and mathematical data needed to launch the nation's first successful space missions. 

Hidden Figures is an excellent movie. Truly awe-inspiring, its story of these three powerful and intelligent women who overcame so much racism, sexism, and prejudice in the much divided 1960's will strike a chord with audience members. Personally, and I know I am not alone in this, I was not aware of the tremendous strides and work these women did for NASA and for our nation. It was not only eye-opening but also inspirational to learn about this true story.

This film has so many take-aways but the one that really sticks the most is the power of perseverance and hard work. These women had so many obstacles in their way in such a male-dominated and segregated field as mathematics and engineering. It took constant work and determination to make their valuable work known and recognized. 

The cast performances were excellent. Taraji P. Henson blew me away as Katherine G. Johnson, her performance possessing such emotion and depth that needs to be recognized and lauded. Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe were excellent as well. Both women brought a palpable strength and a firm grasp on the roles they respectively played. 

Pharell Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Benjamin Wallfisch co-composed a great score for the film. The music added a needed boost at times that co-aligned well with the action on screen. In addition, Hidden Figures‘ story is well written and effectively immerses the viewer.

Hidden Figures has a lot of heart. With its inspiring story and talented cast performances, this film is sure to stay in the hearts of movie-goers alike for generations to come. I would fully recommend watching Hidden Figures, though it is not a film that requires a theater experience. I recommend buying or renting the film. People of any age will benefit from watching Hidden Figures and learning about an often overlooked but vital piece of our nation's history. Even young children, especially girls, can most definitely look to Hidden Figures for a source of new role models as well. Hidden Figures has the heart and will touch yours.

On the Ticket Stub Love rating meter, I give Hidden Figures 4.5 out of 5 ticket stubs. 

 

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