Hidden Figures (2016) – 4.5/5

If there is something this year has taught us is that discrimination is sadly, very much alive. We live in an era where discrimination, an issue we thought was a thing of the past and long forgotten, is an every day reality. It is not about paying more attention to one race or ethnicity, but about having exactly the same opportunities. We are all people, and we are all equal. Hidden Figures reminds us of this very basic and obvious principle, while also delivering one of the most women empowering stories to date. 

Directing: Theodore Melfi
Cinematography: Mandy Walker
Screenplay: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Editing: Peter Teschner
Music: Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch

Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughen work for the West Area Computers, a segregated division at the NASA Langley Research Center. As a brilliant mathematician, an aspiring engineer, and a visionary supervisor, they achieve the impossible and become the hidden brains behind the launch of the first U.S. astronaut into orbit. However, there is much more to their untold story. As three African-American women in the 1960s, they have to do more than use their brilliant minds, they have to fight against the nonstop discrimination and huge gender gaps from the time.

Hidden Figures is not a ground-breaking movie, it has a story we have seen multiple times before. However, beautiful acting by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, transform this movie into more than just a story, a statement. Their amazing portrayal of such complex characters, along with the light touch of director Theodore Melfi, makes the story much more meaningful. The drama does not get out of control and the movie slowly builds up to every single one of the great scenes that it offers.

Today’s society is in urgent need of more films like this. It is a story we have seen before, told from a different point of view, with the sole purpose of telling a good story. It will hopefully serve as inspiration to everyone that sees it, that there is nothing unusual or wrong about the gender or the color of the skin. Hidden Figures is more than your usual history lesson, it is a reminder to ensure that we do not make the same mistakes as our ancestors.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes

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