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- Director: Theodore Melfi.
- Cast: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi.
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Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations.
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The film was well written, directed, and acted. It was great to see the original footage of liftoff used in the film. I was glad to see the update at the end of the film, telling just a little more about the history of these brilliant women after the time period of the film. These were real women who clearly had a groundbreaking impact on many aspects of our country. I think it is a fitting tribute to amazing women at an exciting and difficult time in our history.
This is a story about the unsung heroines who helped calculate the orbits for the space program. We always see the astronauts and mission control, so it was refreshing to see a story behind the trenches. Not only that, but these women were brilliant at a time when women and especially black women didn't do math or science (or full time jobs!). I had no clue these women even existed and am rather ticked that they are only now getting widespread recognition. This is such an inspiring story for any young women looking to break into science, math, computer or engineering fields.
The acting was excellent and there was plenty of humor sprinkled around. There was a mix of old footage to supplement the new to give a well rounded look at what went on during the time of the launches. Anyone else bite their nails even though we know John Glenn made it ok? lol!
Although there was some uncomfortable racist/sexist stuff these women had to slog through, it was more of the subtle type which can be harder to deal with than in your face stuff. I liked how the people changed when confronted directly. I especially loved the 'this is the way it is' entrenched mentality that both whites and blacks had to overcome. It gave a mild yet realistic portrayal of the obstacles these ladies had to deal with in addition to their work and made me respect them even more.
I totally recommend this for anyone interested in the space program and science stuff.
This is the world that these three woman had to butt up against confronting both institutional and social prejudice, tradition bound gender roles, and outright racism. But it’s not a downer movie, it comes across as really uplifting and positive as it shows the values of love of friendship that these ladies have for each other, which is a far cry from tear down fests we usually see on the small screen.
It’s so powerfully acted and told that those two hours will just fly away.
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