2017-2018 Arts — 09 January 2018


By: Jade Thomas


The movie “Hidden Figures,” which came out in December 2016, is not a necessarily a new topic, since people have brought it up many times, but this is just the first time a movie was made about it.  The movie tells the story of three brilliant African American women at NASA being the brains behind one of history’s great events in space.

It’s a very timely subject because African Americans’ success is still often hidden.

What makes the movie is the story line: an African American named Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) is part of the brains in NASA’s operation, in the early 1960s, to launch an astronaut into space.

Women were needed in achieving NASA’s main goal, launching a man into orbit.  The main character was an African American women Johnson and she was one of NASA’s “calculators”.

Johnson’s calculations were very important and had to be exact.  She was able to rise and accomplish things neither women nor African Americans were able to do in the 1960s in the U.S. Without the women, NASA might not have accomplished what they did.  Shadowing African Americans success is something that has happened multiple times throughout our history. This movie did well in uncovering this part of our history.

Moreover, the movie is just fun to watch.  One of the characters, Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), does things that are something to laugh at; she has a very strong-minded attitude in the movie.  The movie’s three central women have a very strong relationship with each each other. They were best friends. Mary Jackson was one of the woman engineers at NASA, and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) was a “human computer.”  They all put their strengths together and accomplished their goals.

I recommend this movie to everyone one because it’s very good to know our history.

Overall Grade: A


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