Being the sorta NASA geek that I am, this movie really intrigued me because before this movie I had never known about these women that worked at NASA and helped John Glenn get into space on the Friendship 7. This was another one of my “hunker down” for Hurricane Irma movies and I figured that while the power was still on I would watch this since I had wanted to watch it and hope that the power didn’t go out. Luckily it didn’t for this movie so keep reading to see what I thought about this movie.
Hidden Figures is about three African-American women who work at NASA and are just brilliant. You have Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson, who was just a brilliant mathematician who was able to crunch numbers like no one else. She was the one who was able to figure out the coordinates for the Friendship 7 mission to pin point exactly where John Glenn’s space craft would land in the ocean so he could be picked up. Then there’s Dorothy Vaughn, played by Octavia Spencer, who taught herself about computer programming and did what people who were trained to do couldn’t, which was program the IBM computers that could run the numbers and calculations that NASA needed faster than their human computers. Finally there was Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae, who was a brilliant engineer who faced so many obstacles in order to finish one class so that she could become the first woman and first African-American engineer for NASA.
This movie, just like the women portrayed in it, was just brilliant. It gave you an inside look into Virginia in the 1960’s where there was segregation and it was completely unheard of for not only women, but African-American women to hold such highly powerful jobs. These three women helped shape NASA and it was just an amazing movie to watch. I enjoyed every single moment of it and enjoyed that despite everything each and every one of the obstacles that those women had to face, they each succeeded and went above and beyond. The movie itself was an interesting look into what it was like to work for NASA during that time period and everything that was done in order to get John Glenn into space.
Of course the stars of this movie were Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae who each played the part that they played to perfection and made the movie feel as real as it actually was. The way they portrayed there characters made you feel like their struggles were your struggles and it pulled you into the movie. Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons were also in this movie and played excellent parts. Kevin Costner plays the man who gets things done and helps these women break those barriers while Jim Parsons plays a more cruel and mean spirited Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. The cast of actors works though and really brings this movie together as a whole.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
This is an excellent movie and if you’re a NASA geek you’ll want to watch it. Even if you aren’t a NASA geek this is still an amazing movie to watch as shows you what these women in 1960 had to endure through and struggle through in order to make it. It didn’t matter how brilliant they were, but that fact that they were not only women but also African-American played a big part in the obstacles that they overcame. Please do not pass this movie up, because not only is it a part of history, but it’s also an amazing movie about three truly amazing women who did amazing things.