'Hidden Figures' Review: How A Movie About Three African-American Women Outdid Bigotry, Reveals Greater Truth About NASA

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald December 22, 06:18 am
Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer attend the 'Hidden Figures' New York Special Screening on December 10, 2016 in New York City. The movie is based on a true-to-life story.
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Many critics are saying that "Hidden Figures" is the film to watch as it centers on three African-American women and their contribution to NASA. The film reportedly outdid being gender bias as well as racism and revealed a greater truth about the space program.

The three women were portrayed as half as important as they really were in the Mercury space program back in the 60s and "Hidden Figures" was directed by Theodore Melfi, who is praised for giving the world another true to life story that is adapted into film and was told in the best way possible. "Hidden Figures" stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. These women played the roles of three gifted mathematicians who had to deal with how to help the United States with their cold war battle with the Soviet Union as well as be recognized as black women in a white male dominated environment at NASA, Mercury News reported.

The real names of the women that the actresses have portrayed are Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Johnson, played by Henson, is the main character as she was a widow and had three children. She and other African-American women are working at a segregated division at NASA. She was then presented in a room with white males and the racist comments and gestured ensued. In one part of her struggle, Johnson had to walk a half mile just to use a colored female bathroom and had to deal with white males who did not want to use the same coffee pot she used.

The three women eventually had to outpace their white male co-workers in order for their brainpower and skills to be recognized. "Hidden Figures" also show the struggles of these three women regarding balancing work and life at home.

"Hidden Figures" also focused on John Glenn's 1962 trip around the globe. Tense moments during the trip will also be seen in the flick such as moments that forced the mission to end earlier than expected, Popular Mechanics reported.

"Hidden Figures" will have a limited release this December 25. The wide release will be on January 6. Will you be watching this film? What do you think about these women that the movie centers on? Let us know in the comments below!

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