A remarkable true story of a group of African-American female mathematicians who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) known as “human computers” quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Throughout the film these women crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big,
beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
Entertaining from start to finish, Theodore Melfi (St Vincent) directs a heart-warming, engaging and fascinating story with a dash of humour to boot. Dealing with themes of feminism, segregation, tolerance and acceptance subjects which will have you drawn in.
The cast is sensational. Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer give outstanding performances worthy of an Oscar. Janelle Monáe shines as Mary Jackson, an aspiring engineer who overcomes adversity to achieve a higher education. Solid performances from supporting cast Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons
This is a film not to be missed. I highly recommend Hidden Figures. It’s a feel good drama that will leave a lasting impression. I recommend this for adults especially women who will find this story entertaining and captivating. A must see.
Rating: 5/5 Stars