By: Nia Gray
Since its release, Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures has been nominated for over 50 awards, and has brought in $84 million at the box office. The movie uses familiar celebrities to share the untold story of three African American women, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) who worked for NASA during the early 60s.
Hidden Figures is a powerful PG drama that shows people what can be done when you push the boundaries. In the movie, Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson each start off at small, but important roles at NASA with little to no recognition and segregated work areas. By the end of the movie, each of the three women have found their own way to move through the ranks and to gain the recognition that they truly deserve.
In addition, Hidden Figures portrays the sacrifices Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson made. These women faced racism and sexism in their everyday lives in order to contribute to the success of NASA’s space missions and the progression of their people.
After viewing the movie, moviegoer Qui’Maya Sewell said, “I’ve never witnessed a movie that has been more inspiring to me as a Black female”.
Beyond the powerful message of the film, the outstanding acting of Henson, Spencer, and Monáe is what really brought this film to life. The strong performance of these three actors made it possible for the film to form a tight grip on the audience’s attention from the beginning to end.
There was never a moment when the theater was not filled with gasps, laughs, tears, or applause from the audience. After watching the movie senior Tianna Gray said, “I couldn’t think of three better strong, African American actors who could’ve played these roles.”
Overall, Hidden Figures is an inspiring, must see film that you do not want to miss.