Friday, 17 March 2017

Hidden Figures

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle MonaĆ© are Katherine Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, a trio of Nasa scientists who each played their part in sending astronauts into space. They are also African American women, which might explain why this piece of history has remained untold until now. I have always had an interest in space exploration, science and astronomy as a whole growing up so I was pretty excited to (FINALLY!) see that film. 

All the performances are amazing in this movie. Each leading lady gets her own arc, even if you can clearly tell that Henson is the main focus. What I loved about this film is seeing a new angle; one of these female characters who were aware that times were changing and that society was evolving not for the better for them so they adjusted their behaviour. 

The genius of Theodore Melfi's film is not in the originality of the script but in the novelty of the story and the liveliness of the performances. Hidden Figures is very realistic and does not overflow the audience with feelings and drama. Though it is also and surprisingly a family movie, you definitely can take your children watch that film. I will go further and say that you even SHOULD take your little girl and boy see that film, try to get them interested in science and rockets. Due to that family audience rating, it does make the subject a little theatrical sometimes but it is fine as children should grow up films like this one. It has a good message and it is rare to see a true story based on female characters. 

Once I saw the movie, I began to think about the title and it is really smart because 'Hidden Figures' stands as both mathematics, the numbers and what someone has to figure out and seek beyond them to take men into space; and also these three important female figures who have been in the shadows for so long. There are stories out there in the world quite similar to this one, that we as an audience, are most likely never going to hear about. 

Overall, Hidden Figures is a fascinating film, I am glad this movie was made so we could all know more about this story. It is such an important chapter of what the space race was and is today.

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