Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae deliver an awe-inspiring performance in Hidden Figures.
Hidden Figures, based off a novel of the same title, is a bio-pic which tells the true and untold story of three African American women working for NASA, who were behind the launch of John Glenn into orbit in the 1960s. Taraji P. Henson portrays Katherine Johnson, a human computer, who used her mathematical prowess to generate the calculations needed to help John Glenn’s first orbit around the Earth a success. Octavia Spencer stars as Dorothy Vaughn, who became NASA’s first African American woman supervisor. Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, became NASA’s first African American female engineer.
The film takes place segregated Virginia during a time when racial tensions and discrimination were high, and at the height of the Cold War and Space Race. While it shows the struggles of all three women trying to make names for themselves in an white male dominated NASA, Katherine Johnson’s story is the focal point. The film does, however, highlights each woman’s triumphs as they break down various racial and gender barriers.
Directed by Theodore Melfi, the film also stars, Kevin Costner, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons. It is an important film not only because it is an untold story, but because it is an inspiring and empowering film for girls and women of all colors. Hidden Figures is definitely a must-see.