I still have to watch 3 Best Picture nominees so I don’t have time to write an extensive review on Hidden Figures, which is why I’m keeping it short. Putting the Civil Rights issues aside, the film was inspiring and motivating because it reiterated the concept that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. If you work hard enough and want something bad enough, you will achieve it.
This movie offers insight into NASA during the Space Race, which was also at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. There were many African-American women who had crucial roles in getting the first American into space. This film did an amazing job of portraying the science and mathematics behind launching a spaceship, while not forgetting the segregation that was going on in America at the time.
This one is a must watch (and isn’t depressing like so many of the Academy Award nominated movies are). Hats off to Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and the rest of the incredible cast of Hidden Figures!!!
Here is a great (and longer) article about the film and the true story it tells.