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Hidden Figures

Jill Mahony, Staffer

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Hidden Figures is based on a nonfiction book, based on a true story.  The film is set in the early 1960s, and is about three extremely intelligent black women who work at NASA as human computers.  These three women are Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae).  The movie shows how they overcome racism and sexism, all while working to get ahead of Russia in the Space Race.

The actresses they chose for this movie were absolutely amazing.  My favorite actress in this movie is Octavia Spencer, commonly known from her role as Minny Jackson in The Help.  She is known for playing strong female black roles, which is why I love that she played an important character in this movie.

Interestingly enough, Janelle Monae is actually known for her singing and songwriting, so you can find one of her songs, called “Jalapeno”, on the soundtrack.  All of the songs in Hidden Figures are sung by African Americans.  Some other people that appear on this soundtrack are Pharell Williams, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys.

This was yet another movie that led me through a roller coaster of emotion.  Hidden Figures is considered a biographical drama/comedy.  Everyone in the theater was constantly laughing and crying throughout the course of movie.  

One of the most interesting parts of this movie was that half of the time the women in this movie were discriminated, was not because of the color of their skin, but because they were women.  This was shocking to me because although you do tend to hear about sexism in history, the main issues we learn about in school are primarily focused on racism.

I love the way women used to dress in the 60s, so I was happy to see the the beautiful costumes worn in this movie also.  The dresses were so classy and beautiful, I loved how they used pearls as a symbol for social class.

There was not one minute of this movie that I did not love, and that is saying a lot because it is a two hour and seventeen minute movie.  I honestly would have loved to return to the theatre for another showing.  

I give this movie five out of five popcorns.  I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone because I feel like all age groups  will enjoy this, whether you are nine or 90.

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2 Responses to “Hidden Figures”

  1. Talley on February 16th, 2017 9:10 am

    Early 1960’s, not 1660’s. 🙂


    Aaron Smith Reply:

    Thanks for the comment. That typo has been corrected.


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