“Hidden Figures” Movie Review


Hidden Figures 2017

Olivia Brown, Writer

The astounding true story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson , three intelligent African-American women working at NASA in 1961, has recently come to light in one of the best films of the year- Hidden Figures. Director Theodore Melfi, Academy Award Nominee, illustrates this non-fictional story with the use of remarkable acting and a whimsical playlist.

When the United States is fighting Russia for first place in the space race,  Katherine G.Johnson, played by Academy Award winning actress Taraji P.Henson, is promoted to the Space Task Group to work on calculations for flight and landing. Not only does she face trials at work by being the only African-American Woman on her job title, she learns ow to be with a young man after the death of her husband.

Melfi’s character choice was truly essential to telling this story. He had to pick the right actresses in order to portray this story perfectly. Henson’s co-stars, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, are extremely well respected actors in the industry. Melfi gave an insight on why he chose these actresses.

“I’ve wanted to work with Taraji since I saw Benjamin Button. This woman can do Brad Pitt’s southern mother in Benjamin Button and then do Cookie on Empire. She has a wonderful range of emotion. What can I say about Octavia Spencer? There’s nothing she can’t do. I was so excited to work with her and when we started working I said ‘now that’s the real deal’. She lifts those up around her which is who Dorothy Vaughn was.Janelle Monáe is going to blow you away as Mary Jackson. Mary was the fighter. She fought to get into NASA and become the first female engineer there of any color. After 20 years she moved to HR, hacked into the system and found out women weren’t getting opportunities as fast or often as men. She changed the system and advanced women of all colors. And Janelle Monáe is like a fighter and a voice for everything that’s good. She’s the spunk,” he stated.

They music was produced and created by none other than the great Pharell Williams. Williams has been very well known in the music industry for quite sometime now. HE uses music to connect people and break down the barriers our society faces day in and day out. Williams wrote “Runnin’” and “I See a Victory” for the film. Both tracks have a 1960s feel, which reflects the time period of Hidden Figures.

“This was the universe warming up my mind and my faculties, to prepare myself to be able to write songs that spoke for it [the movie],” said Williams. “It’s crazy — the universe just took me by the hand and walked me.”

Hidden Figures is a PG rated Drama/Comedy Film that is very appropriate for all ages. The history and culture in the movie stays true to the time period and is a great watch for anyone who needs a little hope.