“Hidden Figures” is my favorite movie of 2016 even though most of us will be seeing this film in 2017. It was released on both coasts in 2016 so it can be nominated for an Academy Award in February.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow the women as they quickly raised the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes
The cast is outstanding. Academy Award Nominee Taraji P. Henson plays Katherine Johnson. You may recognize her as Cookie Lyon on television’s “Empire.” Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer is Dorothy Vaughn. Janelle Monae portrays Mary Jackson. Two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner is Al Harrison. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons round out the cast.
“Hidden Figures” was directed by Theodore Melfi who also directed Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray in “St. Vincent” in 2014.
The screenplay was written by Allison Schroeder who penned “Mean Girls’ starring Lindsey Lohan and Theodore Melfi. The movie was based on the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Although I lived through the space race, I was not aware of all the details that occurred to get our astronauts home safely and this movie is based on the true story. Recently, Katherine Johnson who is 98 years old was awarded the medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
The film was brilliantly written, acted and directed. Like every movie that is based on fact, you know the outcome but a well-written script still keeps you on the edge of your seat. This film is worth the time and money.
“Hidden Figures” opens this week at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12. Don’t miss it!