(Only a short review today due to the fact that I'm currently working on a different review at the moment)
Hidden Figures tells the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three African-American women who worked for NASA in the 60’s. In a time of heavy segregation, each of these three women made major advancements in their careers as they helped America during the intense ‘Space Race’ between the U.S. and Russia. Specifically, they helped John Glenn become the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth. Admittedly, there’s not much that I can say about this film, hence why this review is so short. It’s just an enjoyable and solidly-made film that highlights some unsung heroes from a time in U.S. history that was dominated by racism and prejudice. It features some solid music from Hans Zimmer as well as some nice tunes from Pharrell Williams, who also serves as one of the film’s producers. But, through it all, the key to this film’s success is the lead trio of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. These three very much succeed in making Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson an endearing trio of women, so much so that the moments where they achieve some form of success are incredibly satisfying; Johnson became a key contributor to calculating the numbers behind Glenn’s launch, Vaughan became the primary supervisor in charge of the programming and maintenance of NASA’s new IBM computers, and Jackson successfully petitioned for the right to attend classes at the University of Virginia to further her career as an engineer. Backed by an equally solid supporting cast that includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Mahershala Ali, Hidden Figures is not only a highly appealing crowd-pleaser but also one of significant cultural relevance. Because, again, this is a story about three African-American women overcoming all sorts of odds in a time when most underestimated them.