I was going to write this long glowing review going into great detail about how amazing this film is.
And I did to a certain extent.
But I didn't add any spoilers because this film is so amazing that I want you to experience the magic for yourselves.
Hidden Figures is a film about 3 black female mathematicians.
Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae.
These brilliant women work for NASA and were integral in the space race against Russia getting John Glenn played by Glen Powell into orbit.
The movie is a well rounded telling allowing you to see them as complete human beings even if those around them didn't.
Set in the heart of the civil rights movement, these women were labelled computers for their ability to calculate large numbers quickly and in their heads. At the same time, NASA is about to employ the use of IBM computers.
Needless to say, the women are dealing plenty along with being married, having children, and being role models to them and those around them.
One of the many brilliant things about this film is that these women exist in troubling times without it having to be triggering. You were allowed to see people fighting in different ways without having to see destroyed dejected black bodies splayed across your screen.
That may not seem like an important aspect of a movie like this, but it truly is.
And y'all, when I say there was so much black love in this film!
From friendships to relationships, to family. There were more than a few times where... some dust got in my eyes.
That's right. Dust. So shut up.
The movie also stars Kirsten Dunst, Kevin Costner, and Jim Parsons. Perfectly acted in their roles, but all different representations of white bias and showing how white supremacy works.
Kirsten's character Vivian Michael was the quintessential white feminist. She may not call you the N-word outright, but her bias showed in every word and action she had on that screen.
Jim Parsons played Paul Stafford. The straight white male who was used to being the smartest man in the room until Taraji (Katherine Johnson) came along and made him realize what he knew about math could fit on the tip of her pinky finger.
Kevin Costner was Al Harrison. A man who never had to see the injustices played out in his life, therefore, never had reason to think the world was that bad. (This played out beautifully in a scene about bathrooms.)
The movie does a great job with these characters for many reasons. One, these are the kinds of people we deal with all day every day. It's not the cloaked and hooded ones screaming white power that are most fearsome. It's those that get up every day and believe themselves to be decent hardworking Americans, but can rationalize why we have the need for a coloreds only bathroom.
And two, the way these women handled themselves with dignity without having to be cowardly or small or the angry black woman trope was inspiring.
Everything from the cinematography to the sound, from the headliners, to the "smallest" extra was brilliant.
One things that really stood out for me were the colors! So beautiful and bright and they managed to make EVERYONE, black or white look amazing on screen.
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi put together a fantastic screenplay that Melfi directed beautifully on screen.
I walked away more inspired than I've ever been. This film may have been about mathematicians, but you can put that same tenacity and love towards any profession and understand what it's like to hit the glass ceiling when the odds are never in your favor.
As an African American woman who's constantly had to struggle with intersectionality and people labeling me even before uttering a word to me, this film was the perfect things to see; especially in these times.
The movie is based on a book by the same name that was written but Margot Lee Shetterly. I hadn't read it yet, but I have to tell you, after watching this film, it's made the short list.
The film Hidden Figures opens nationwide on January 6th, 2017. Get your butts out there and watch. this. film!!!! You will regret it if you don't!
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