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Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016)


Taraji P. Henson
Octavia Spencer
Janelle Monáe
Kevin Costner
Kirsten Dunst
Jim Parsons

Directed by Theodore Melfi

I know someone who watched this movie and said it is not an Oscar movie. I feel the crime is, it was nominated for three Oscars and did not go home with any.
Hidden Figures is one of those movies that hits the dramatic tone needed to keep you glued and transport you from your sit to the events itself happening on the screen. The nerve wracking calculations and the space flight events will leave you grinding your teeth in anticipation that everything works out, forgetting that you are watching a biographical movie where it did.

The movie it one of those who shoots a whole in the world of movie with historical facts and true life stories, leaving behind a hole in the memory of anyone who gets to see it. It will always stand as one to be remembered and watching it as a black man, I get to be proud of what the women could pull out from the magnificent obstacles before them.

When it comes to the acting I must say the women were on top of things, with the addition of veteran actor Kevin Costner making sure things were perfect. This is not taking the praise away from Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, without the three of them the movie would not have been as magnificent as it was. Their performances could not be replaced, like everyone else in the movie.
I must give praise also to Jim Parsons, Kristen Dunst and Mahershala Ali for such awesome performances as supporting actors to the three women leading the pack.

This will be the second movie in which I get to see Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monáe together, the first being the Academy Award winning Best Picture movie of 2016, Moonlighta movie which Mahershala Ali also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Hidden Figures is about three black women working in NASA and were setting the pace for NASA space travels were a success.
Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) was recruited to verify calculations made by the Space Task Group, she was the first "colored" (African-American) woman in the team.
Dorothy Vaughan was the unofficial supervisor of the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center. She taught herself FORTRAN programming language upon learning of the installation of the IBM 7090 electronic computer. Where she was the only person able to get the computer to work and made sure she and the women under her were drafted to the IBM 7090 unit. She was then promoted to a Supervisor of that unit.
Mary Johnson, is a fantastic mathematician with an Engineering calling and was the first to attend an all-white school to study Engineering and become NASA’s first black female Engineer.

You must make time to see this masterpiece of a movie it is worth it.


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