Hidden Figures is another movie
that sadly reminds us how the world used to be, but inspires you to see
greatness emerge despite the unfairness of the system.
In this true story, Taraji P. Henson stars as Katherine Johnson
– a brilliant mathematician working for NASA in the early
1960’s. The space race is on, and the Soviets are winning,
which is impacting the mood of the country and inspiring fear in all
levels of society as Americans worry about our enemies winning a
tactical advantage over us.
Johnson is great friends with her co-workers, Mary Jackson (Janelle
Monae) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), but all three face
obstacles to their advancement because they are African-American.
However, each one is determined to find a way to overcome, and will
inspire you with their determination.
Hidden Figures is a feel good
movie through and through because we painfully are aware of how many
Katherine Johnsons, Mary Jacksons and Dorothy Vaughans
weren’t able to fulfill their potentials, and how many could
in the future because of these three amazing women blazing a trail.
Henson, Spencer and Monae bring to life the ladies’ spirit
and individual personalities to show us they are heroes. I believe you
will love Henson the best.
Anyone familiar with her work knows Henson is a top notch, versatile
actress, and anyone who only knows her as Cookie on Empire
will be shocked at how she transforms from tough and dangerous to
mousy, naïve and sheltered.
Part of the inspiration in Hidden Figures is how
Henson shows us Katherine’s transformation and growing
confidence as those around her start to embrace her clear brilliance
and value to the program, or learn she can be a lion fighting for what
is right when she is wronged.
Does Hidden Figures somewhat dodge the seriousness of the racism these
women face, or does it use humor to lure in audience members who would
be resistant to considering it? It’s a debate to be had for
others. For me, Hidden Figures is an entertaining movie with a serious
message and fantastic inspiration.
Hidden Figures is rated PG for
thematic elements and some language.