Hidden Figures tells the phenomenal story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This is a story that not many of us knew and it’s almost baffling because it’s such a major part of American History and these women became what the title alludes to “hidden figures”.
I can’t express the pride and joy that I experienced from watching this film. It’s 2017 but women are still struggling to get equal pay and films like Hidden Figures are a reminder of what women have contributed to history as a whole. I honestly feel like Hidden Figures is a film that should be added to school curriculums, you can’t talk about the space race without these women. And of course it’s a glaring reminder of the fact that so many African American achievements seem to have just been scrubbed from history. Representation matters in every way… this story shows young girls that they have examples of great women to look up to in space and NASA history. And further more it shows little black girls and girls of color that YES there is such a thing as “Black Girl Magic” and it’s not a new concept… in fact it was that Black Girl Magic that helped put a man on the moon!
Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer gave outstanding performances as usual, I honestly expect nothing less from these well seasoned actresses. It’s been such a blessing witnessing the both ladies grow in the entertainment industry and finally getting the respect and recognition they deserve. But there was definitely a new standout on the scene, Janelle Monae gave an impeccable and sassy performance. While she’s masterful when it comes to making music, being able to hold your own in a role with Taraji and Octavia by your side is no small feat.
Hidden Figures sheds light on a forgotten part of America history and is a movie that I recommend EVERYONE seeing. It’s not just for black people or black women and I hope that misconception isn’t one that keeps people from seeing this film. It’s American history that we ALL can be proud of.