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Hidden Figures: A Review

Hidden Figures is a movie based in the 1960’s about 3 African-American women who work at NASA alongside a majority of prejudiced and sexist Caucasian Americans. In honor of Women’s Month, I believed that a review on Hidden Figures is quite appropriate and much needed.

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Hidden Figures: A Review

Fox 2000 Pictures / Chernin Entertainment / Levantine Films / TSG Entertainment

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Fox 2000 Pictures / Chernin Entertainment / Levantine Films / TSG Entertainment

Fox 2000 Pictures / Chernin Entertainment / Levantine Films / TSG Entertainment

Ludana Jean Charles, Staff Writer

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Connection with Women’s Month

In the movie Hidden Figures, the women are either judged by their experience, their gender, or their race. They are looked upon as unqualified individuals because they are black and are women. It’s as if saying, their physical characteristics are obstacles that are limiting their work quality, which is proven to not be true based on evidence shown in the movie.

Throughout the movie, Katherine Johnson was isolated by her co-workers, for example, on her first day of work she sat down next to a white engineer who got up and walked away from her. Dorothy Vaughan finds it hard to move up in the ranks because there were few opportunities given to women and even fewer given to black women.  As for Mary Jackson, every little mistake that she made got her closer to losing her job but working at NASA was an opportunity given where she could prove her skills.

Hidden Figures has a connection with Women’s Month, because this month we are celebrating women as a whole. Whether you are the CEO of your own company, an inspiring model, or just a student, you are being celebrated. Hidden Figures teaches us that being a woman is powerful. No matter what color, if you believe in yourself and in your abilities the world can’t ever view you as worthless just because of your title and race. These 3 women were able to overcome the prejudice and judgement against them and see the launching of Apollo 11.

Rating

Now as for the technical aspect of the movie, I would rate it an 8 out of 10. Hidden Figures has an inspirational message behind it, every piece of the plot was connected well, and there weren’t any holes with the connection of the each scene. But, at the end of the movie where they showed the viewers the main characters’, brighter lives, I wish they went in more detail.

Some people are inspired by the mathematical take on on the movie, because not only are math-based movies rare to find but it is even more rare for them to feature African American women.

Recommendation

Would I recommend this movie? Absolutely. If you’re looking for a movie that is inspirational, that breaks racial/gender bounds, and that is mind blowing regarding the level of intelligence then Hidden Figures is the movie for you. Even if you aren’t necessarily looking for those qualities, it is a family movie that you will not regret watching.


Critics say: “Offers belated acknowledgment of bravery and talent and an overdue reckoning with the sins of the past.” New York Times

“There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff.” New York Times

“Hidden Figures is the incredible story about three extraordinary coloured women-mathematicians who overcome gender and race bias to make space history.” Times of India


If you are planning a bucket list of movies to watch over spring break, consider adding Hidden Figures on that list.

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