Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
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Every time I explain briefly what this movie is about to someone, I generally get the same response. People have no idea this really happened! It certainly has the kind of story line that has the potential to make a great movie. And boy did these people get it right!
It’s the kind of inspirational, true story that’s been left hidden for so long, longing to be told. Now, I’m a sucker for inspirational movies based on true stories, so I kind of knew I’d just love this movie. The story flowed so well.
As soon as I popped the DVD into my laptop the menu appeared along with the boppy theme song. Not that I wasn’t already excited for this movie, but that just did it for me. 😆 The funky songs all throughout this movie I think are suited perfectly. It makes me want to dance in celebration with their every small victory.
I was impressed with the acting. There are so many contrasting personalities in this story and I really feel that every actor pulled this off so well. Obviously, the actors’ portrayal is a huge part of telling this story and I feel like they really did the characters justice.
The filming in general was really well-polished. I usually spot little errors in films and shows, but I could find no fault with the camera work. (not that I try and find fault; I just can’t help but notice, so I appreciate professional cinematography. 😉 ) Set in 1961, a lot of detail also went into costumes and props for the time.
1) Did this movie inspire me?
Yes! I may not be segregated in society and prohibited from the majority of work positions, but there’s definitely a strong theme of pioneering which left me feeling capable of pursuing my dreams. But not only that — also what is right.
2) Was this movie humorous?
There are certainly moments that made me smile or chuckle.
3) Did this movie make me cry?
Yes, a few tears were shed (although the movie in general is more of an upbeat one than sad). 🙂
4) Would I watch this movie again?
5) Would I recommend this movie to a friend?
My rating: 5 out of 5
Have you watched Hidden Figures? How did this story inspire you?