Monday, May 20, 2024

Movie Review : Oscar nominated film ‘Hidden Figures’


      HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-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, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s(USA) confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.


    • Excellent performance by the leading ladies Taraji .p. Henson (Katherine Johnson) ,Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) and Janelle Monae (Mary Jackson).
    • It was a fresh story that most people have never heard before.
    • Accurate depiction of the racial divisions in the 1960’s.

Dorothy Vaughan: “Separate and equal are two different things. Just ’cause it’s the way, doesn’t make it right, understand?”

Mary Jackson: “Every time we get a chance to get ahead they move the finish line. Every time.”

Karl Zielinski: “Mary, a person with an engineer’s mind should be an engineer. You can’t be a computer the rest of your life.”
Mary Jackson: “Mr. Zielinski, I’m a negro woman. I’m not gonna entertain the impossible.”
Karl Zielinski: “And I’m a Polish Jew whose parents died in a Nazi prison camp. Now I’m standing beneath a spaceship that’s going to carry an astronaut to the stars. I think we can say we are living the impossible. Let me ask you, if you were a white male, would you wish to be an engineer?”
Mary Jackson: “I wouldn’t have to. I’d already be one.”

John Glenn: “Let’s get the girl to check the numbers.”
Al Harrison: “The girl?”
John Glenn: “Yes, Sir.”
Al Harrison: “You mean Katherine?”
John Glenn: “Yes, Sir, the smart one. And if she says they’re good, I’m ready to go.”

Hidden Figures is a very inspirational movie about 3 black women that overcame their obstacles to reach the pinnacle of their fields of work.
The overlooked advances from individuals forgotten by history provides a cutting edge perspective into the historical event. This movie should motivate women to venture into male dominated fields and know that they too can excel and contribute to world changing events.


4 out of 5


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