Movie Review: Hidden Figures
I first learned about the women of Hidden Figures from a Stuff Mom Never Told You episode. Being the curious, history-buff that I am I was immediately intrigued by the hidden female computers of NASA. So, it’s safe to say that I was a little more than excited about seeing this film.
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson —brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. via 20th Century Fox
I saw Hidden Figures during an early screening the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. That so happens to be the same day that I lost my job (yes, I work, writing a blog is not my full time job, nor is it very lucrative). Anyway, I walked into the theater puffy-eyed and miserable, and then the most amazing thing happened. I watched a movie about the most inspiring women.
Watching Hidden Figures reminded me how exceedingly lucky I am. Sure, I’ve faced barriers as a women, but I’ve never had to go through what Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson went though.
Watching such incredible actors portray their story added an extra layer of inspiration to the film. We live in a time and a country that has seemingly forgot where we came from. Hidden Figures is the reminder we all need that women, particularly African-American women, have fought for every comfort and opportunity that we have today.
Hidden Figures meant a lot to me. It gave me hope and inspiration on a day when I most needed it. However, more than that it is an extraordinary film. The story is tight and important and the acting is near perfection. And, then there is the production that beautifully captures the light and color of 1960’s America. It is, overall, an excellent film.
Reason to See:
Every reason. Not only is the film beautiful, the story is inspiring. I really recommend that everyone see it.
Reason to Skip:
I don’t have any reasons, but I would say that if biopics aren’t your thing then you may not enjoy this film.
Is Hidden Figures Worth Spending The Price of a Ticket?
Hidden Figures Trailer
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