Hidden Figures

2 h 6 min2016X-RayHDRUHDPG
An incredible & inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Theodore Melfi
Taraji P. HensonJanelle MonaeKevin Costner
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Kirsten DunstJim ParsonsOctavia Spencer
Donna GigliottiPeter CherninJenno ToppingPharrell WilliamsTheodore Melfi
20th Century Fox
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B. SurkanReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Three Black Women Who Saved the Space Race
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A review of the movie Hidden Figures directed by Theodore Melfi

Hidden Figures, by Theodore Melfi, is an inspirational historical fiction movie based on a true story. The movie is set at NASA during the 1950s or the time of the Space Race. The first thing people think when they think of the “Space Race,” is the astronauts who risk their lives to better their country and move it forward. However, people do not think of the mathematician, scientists, engineers, and programmers that dedicated all their work to bring the astronauts up to space. The movie is about three black women, Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, who worked up the ranking in NASA to achieve what no other African American had done at the time. They worked with NASA in an effort to launch John Glenn, an astronaut, up to space and orbit the Earth to beat the Russians in the Space Race. Not only does the movie show the hard work these ladies clocked in, but the female empowerment that took place to achieve where they needed to be. Although the movie did a commendable job of showing women empowerment, it twisted history and added fictional events and characters to make it seem more heroic.

The movie, Hidden Figures, does an incredible job of sending an inspirational message to their audience during the movie. It shows how one can do anything they set their mind to, as long as they work hard to achieve it. In the movie, Goble, Jackson, and Vaughan fought to earn where they were in the rankings in NASA by working hard and advocating for themselves. Although they were eventually successful in doing so, they still faced hardships. These hardships included racism and sexism, as well as the challenges that come with a harder job. What makes these ladies so remarkable is how they worked hard in their day jobs and came home to take care of and work for their families’ needs. Not that many people recognized all of the women mathematicians and engineers, and this movie focused on them and brought these ladies’ stories to people's attention. Some of the hardships they faced in the movie included being successful women in a male-dominated field, being as treated as a janitor, having to attend classes at an all-white college to become an engineer (an effort to prevent blacks from becoming engineers), having your voice suppressed by others, and being withheld important information that is required to complete your work. All of these hardships were faced and overcome by Jackson, Vaughan, and Goble. Also, John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the Earth, asked Katherine Goble to double-check the calculations that the machine had made before he went on his mission to orbit the Earth. He said that he would only go as long as Goble said the numbers were correct. The movie shows how these ladies got far in NASA by working hard, despite them being in a racist and sexist world. The message this movie is trying to send is truly inspirational because the audience will be empowered to work hard for what they want.

Although Hidden Figures empowered people, especially women, to fight and work hard for what they wanted, the movie twisted the truths so that it would be dramatic and emphasize their inspirational message. One thing that was false in the movie was how Katherine Goble experienced a tremendous amount of segregation during her time working for NASA. In reality, Goble did not receive much segregation due to the fact everyone was trying to launch a man into space. The segregation she received at work was nowhere near the segregation and racism she received in the movie. Also, Paul Stafford, one of Goble’s coworkers, was made up by the director. He was made to portray the prejudiced and sexist attitudes people had towards black women at the time. The character did a multitude of derogatory actions that included demoting her to secretary, not allowing her to attend briefings, as well as deleting her byline on official reports that she had worked on. The biggest difference between the movie and the true story was that there was a multitude of people who worked on the project, not just these three ladies. There were sections and branches that reported to the directors and all of these people total up to way more than the movie portrayed. The movie added many fictional scenes to make the lives of Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan more challenging to make the movie more dramatic as well as convey the message of female empowerment.

Although the movie conveys a female empowering message, it includes many fallacies about the true story of these three women at NASA to make the movie inspirational. Overall, the movie is fantastic because it still sends an inspirational message of female empowerment to the audience and has a positive impact on them. Although these women were shown as absolutely incredible in real life and the movie, the movie also created fictional events to make their lives look even more heroic. The only reason stars were taken away from the rating was because the director made up fictional scenes and characters to dramatize the movie more, but the positive about the movie strongly outweigh the negatives. This movie should be recommended to any age group because everyone should receive the message the movie sends, which is to always work hard for what you want, no matter what. This movie should not be recommended to people who only want the history behind the movie because they might be provided with false facts. All in all, this movie should be recommended to anyone who seeks an empowering and heart-warming movie.
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Jimmie Nelle HinamonReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
wonderful movie that can be shared with the entire family
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My whole family enjoyed this movie. We learned a lot and it inspired us to delve into this time in our history. It may not seem like much to many people but this movie left out offensive language and allowed for young children and the elderly in our family to see and experience history that we would not have known. Thank you for being sensitive and producing such a remarkable show.
RoselaniReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved, loved, loved!
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What a great movie! It's so wonderful to find a great patriotic movie, full of intelligence, suspense, hard working Americans, excellent plot, no sex or or drugs or violence, AND it's based on history. Really well written and acted out, with even several moments of humor throughout. What a great testament to the perseverance of the black women "computers" that were still dealing with incredibly racist policies all around them, yet they still thrived.The racial inequality was dealt with very well, allowing people to see the injustices without trying to force guilt at the same time. While it's not 100% accurate to real life, it still portrays the gist of the events that took place. Definitely a keeper!
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islamisevilReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
No victims in this movie.
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I loved this movie. This group of “colored computers” had no “victims”. Everything was stacked against them and they worked hard, made themselves marketable by taking the initiative to get ahead of the curve. Today we only have hurt feelings and victim’s collecting government handouts. A new generation of slaves, owned by the government.
Phil DispenzaReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best movies out there.
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I love movies like this. People who actually change the world. My ex girlfriend Ruffdog would love this. She's a superior mathematician and instead of going to make a lot of money she rather teach She's a superior mathematician and instead of going to make a lot of money, she rather teach. We need more movies like this. Kudos to all involved.
DougReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2022
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Lowest cost combo set for wonderful movie!
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Lowest cost option for combo. Even the digital option was a smooth download!
Zany RainyReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
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This movie was very good. I wish the beautiful ladies playing the roles of the hidden figures had gotten awards. Because that is absolutely outstanding.
TutuReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A PROUD proud movie to watch.
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Captivating and heartbreaking at the same time. As of 11/2022 the plight of intelligent African Americans is still at risk. We need all of the intelligence available regardless of skin color to propel America and keep it on top. Never stop learning.
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