Based on a true story, Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe brings the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson respectfully to life as three extraordinary women who were involved with the first men launched into space as well as accomplishing a lot for women, people of color, and woman of color. According to IMDB.com, The synopsis for Hidden Figures :
“As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.”
What a great start to 2017 with my first movie in theatres. I knew this would be a great film just from the plot and the stars to execute it but it exceeded my expectations once the movie was over. This movie took place in 1961, and back then, it wasn’t the best to be a “colored” person. So there were characters that were considered racist and/or prejudice so if you happen to hate someone for their horrible words or loved someone for their ability to triumph over adversity then those actors did their job. Great performances by everyone included.
Many of you may recognize Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon from the show “Empire” She is excellent on that show and plays an iconic character on the show. If you come to expect that same sass in her performance on here, you are not going to get it. Taraji is more than just Cookie Lyon. Check her credentials. She is a wonderful actress and she shines in this movie as well.
You will smile more than cry while watching the film. The story does deal with racism and a lot of negativity towards our lead characters but its not depressing enough to take away from the entertainment of the film. I noticed in the auditorium that people were invested in these characters a lot. It was like watching the movie with a bunch of friends. Lots of clapping and outburst of happiness as these women achieved the impossible and won over the hearts and respect of their peers. Very entertaining for all ages and you also will learn a thing or two and come to respect the women before us who did great things. This is one of those inspirational movies that can be viewed in school. A great message was told through this movie that you can achieve something you think is unreachable. I remember getting the same kind of feeling when I watched Remember the Titans. So if you happened to like that movie, this movie will be a great watch for you.
I sense some nominations with this movie and could be one of the best movies of 2017. Also a big shout out to Janelle Monáe for a wonderful performance. I have seen her in this as well as Moonlight and you can’t help but notice her or forget her stand out acting. She shines on the screen and I hope to see more of her.
I hope this review helped anyone who is interested in this movie. Tell me what you think if/when you see it yourself.