(VVNG.com)- I will definitely think about this movie the next time I start to complain about something being too difficult for me to do. This is the story of 3 African American women working at NASA who were real life heroes in an era where racism was as common and acceptable as selfies. The film does a remarkable job in showing what a difference someone can make in our crazy, crazy world. The women in this film are all so inspirational and all had to overcome extreme obstacles and infuriating discrimination in order to accomplish what was impossible in the 60s. They had so many reasons (not excuses) to just give up and get by, but instead, their strength and courage, helped them become pioneers in a time where being the wrong color meant that it was normal to be treated like dirt.
In high school we learned about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, but I never heard anything about Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) or Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), it’s as if these wonderful gals were somehow hidden from us… Oh! I JUST understood the title. Seriously though, this should be required viewing in all high schools from now on. The ladies portrayed in this movie are all such amazing role models and I am grateful that they stood up to all the ignorance and hate that was directed towards them. It might not have solved all the problems associated with acceptance and equality, but it sure as heck paved the way for a more tolerable today.
I give this The “Checky™ Seal of Approval!” There were so many parts in this movie that made me go from feeling sadness, to feeling absolutely angry to feeling inspired. The story is intriguing and well executed, the look of the film is beautiful and the cast is phenomenal. Octavia Spencer is always great but I was surprised at how much I loved Taraji, who plays Cookie on Empire (and who I always found annoying in her roles), kudos for making me shed some tears, Cookie. This flick is BASED on a true story so who knows how much they changed but it never felt too Hollywood-ized. It always felt real and heartfelt. I REALLY liked this flick and I encourage you to make whatever calculations necessary, be prepared to feel all the emotions imaginable and go discover why Hidden Figures is such a tremendously powerful and inspiring film.
So, what did you think of Hidden Figures? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? What is your favorite movie based on a true story, of all time? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.