Hidden Figures is a biographical drama film which documents the NASA careers of three African-American women- Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and Apollo 11 in the 1960s.
This movie is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book by the same name. The movie is about the careers of the three African-American women and their contributions to the early space programs at NASA in the 1960s. It also depicts the struggles these women had to face at a time when racism was prevalent in the United States. The space struggle with the Soviet Union and the discrimination towards African-Americans, especially women forms the crux of the story.
Hidden figures Movie Introduction:
Written by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder and Directed by Melfi, the film was released on December 25, 2016, by production house 20th Century Fox. It was produced by Melfi, Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Toppings and Pharrell Williams. The principal photography began in Atlanta early in 2016 and was completed by May 2016. Music for the movie was done by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Benjamin Wallfisch.
Hidden Figures Movie Synopsis:
The story revolves around the careers of these three women who were among pioneers of the early space program. It gives equal importance to all the three main characters and their personal lives are also depicted to give flesh and life to the characters. Katherine and Dorothy are brilliant mathematicians and Mary is one of the early women engineers in American history. They begin their careers as colored computers in the West Wing and then proceed to play leading roles in their respective fields.
In spite of the various struggles they have to undergo because of their race and gender, they never give up and pave the path for various other colored individuals especially women to pursue careers in NASA. They also manage to gain the respect and support of many of their peers and supervisors because of their immense contribution and knowledge in their respective fields.
They work on the first American space program of sending a man to space as well as to the moon. Their work is initially not acknowledged but later they receive their due credit. Although racism is quite strong in America in the 60s, they still manage to stand their ground and pursue their education and career.
Their role in sending John Glenn as the first American in space and in the Apollo 11 mission is described in the movie. They faced opposition and disdain initially but once their contribution was deemed not just important but crucial, they were respected and also allowed to work their way to the top in NASA.
All the three women are depicted as bold, brave and beautiful in their ability to achieve their dreams as well as diligent in their love for the motherland. Katherine has a great love for Mathematics right from her childhood whereas Dorothy works her way to being indispensable even when her department’s existence in the future was threatened by the digital computers. Mary believes that it is not just important to fight against racism physically but in every small way possible by making it possible for ‘colored people’ (as the African-American people were called in those days) to gain higher education and better career options.
They are working women with families. Their children and domestic lives are also depicted in the movie. The strong support they receive from their respective families and also at NASA help them to make a mark in history and in the field of science. You can watch Hidden Figures online free to find out how these three strong-willed women achieve numerous feats in space technology.
Hidden Figures Movie Star Cast:
The casting of the movie is definitely perfect for all actors playing their roles to perfection. Vaughan is played by Octavia Spencer, Katherine’s role is played by Taraji P Henson and Janelle Monae plays the role of Mary.
The other cast includes Glenn Powell, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons and Mahershala Ali. Each character is fully drawn and all the actors do justice to their respective roles. The three main leads characters are brought to life by Spencer, Henson, and Monae. Kevin Costner is lovable as the head Al Harrison and manages to bring charisma and bemused wit to his character. Watch Hidden Figures free online to see how this movie comes alive on your screens.
Hidden Figures Movie Review:
The movie released to great critical acclaim and has received various awards. It received a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes based on a review of 149 critics and 94% based on 22,933 audience views. It was chosen in the top 10 films of 2016 by the National Board of Review. It has been nominated for various awards including Golden Globe, Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer and for the Best Original Score in a movie. It won the best ensemble award, the Breakout Performance by Janelle Monae and the Best Song award for “I see Victory” in the African-American Film Critics Association Awards. The plot of the movie is precise and it manages to convey the story it wants to tell. It was one of less than 60 movies in its history to get an average grade of “A+” on a scale of A+ to F on Cinema Score by the audiences. Hopefully, this movie will inspire women to work hard to achieve their goals and to fight against any discrimination they face in realizing their dreams. We will rate it 9.5 out of 10. You can watch Hidden Figures free online and decide for yourself.
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The film had an initial release on December 25 last year before a worldwide release on 6th January 2017. The film grossed $3 million during its initial release and was expected to gross about $20 m million after the worldwide release. It made $7.6 million on its first day. In its first weekend, it grossed a total of $22.8 million and $20.5 million in the second weekend to top the box office.
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