We all know that it was men that first walked on the moon, but how many of us know that if it were not for some extraordinary women, America may not have won the race to the moon? This is the tale of “Hidden Figures”. It is the true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), phenomenal mathematicians who were crucial to NASA’s early space program.
Hidden Figures is an astonishing story. Here were three women who not only had to make it in a man’s world, but they had to fight even harder to have their voices heard because not only were they women, but they were black women living in a time of racism and segregation.
This film deserves to win big at the Oscars. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae give killer performances and are finely supported by Kevin Costner (it’s great to see him back), Mahershala Ali, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons and Kirsten Dunst.
“Hidden Figures” is outstanding! It never once manipulates the audiences’ emotions, but at the same time it has you feeling a range of emotions. You will be inspired, happy, cheering, and at other times you will be angry, sad and frustrated, but, ultimately you will be in awe of what these women were able to achieve! If these women could kick butt under such repressive circumstances, what excuse do we have for not doing the same in our lives?
It is great to see that finally, Katherine G Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are getting the recognition they deserve. They are hidden figures no more! Go see this film and walk away not afraid to dream big and to make it happen!