Laura Catron ‘17: Nationally released on January 6th, Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi, is based on the true stories of the NASA mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. The three African American women, played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe respectively, enormously affected the success of the Space Race in the 1960’s, though they remained largely uncredited due to their race and gender. The film follows them in both their professional and personal lives during this time, showing the struggles they face as black women.
Everything about Hidden Figures is beautifully done. From the acting to the soundtrack to the story itself, every aspect is executed perfectly. I saw the film in a packed theatre and everyone in the audience clearly felt each emotional blow as it was dealt. We cheered when Johnson stood up for herself, cried when Vaughan was denied her rightful title, and laughed whenever Jackson quipped at anyone. When the credits rolled, we gave a standing ovation.
In case it wasn’t obvious, I would highly recommend this film. I even plan on seeing it again soon. Films with such positive representation, for both women and people of color, don’t come around that often. That alongside uplifting themes and encouraging messages? Practically unheard of. I can only hope that 2017 holds more movies like this up its sleeve.