I love watching movies. Since last week, I ended up watching the HIDDEN FIGURES movie again and again until last night I decided to write something about it. Disclaimer: I am not a movie review writer okay? So please don’t expect something on that sense.

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Here are just few of the reasons why I love this movie.

  1. The Story

Who doesn’t love a good story right?  Hidden Figures inspired me to be at my best and be the best. I just learned that when we exert effort and play our part, we are not just giving something to ourselves but to other people and our country in a way. I have to send my admiration to the Director and the Writers who were genius in what they do! And let me not forget to thank Mr. William Pharrell Williams for producing such work of art! So let me put my fearless prediction at this moment – Hidden Figures should and will win Best Picture in the OSCARS!

  1. The Cast

My new favorite ladies: Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan), and Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson). I love how these 3 fabulous women just kinda blend with each other whenever their together in a scene. Taraji is of course my most favorite one. I honestly don’t know anything about her until I saw this amazing movie. Taraji somewhat gives me the feeling I kinda hope I would feel whenever I watch such kind of movie. I am just sad that she is not nominated for her role. Congratulations of course to Octavia Spencer who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Kevin Costner, oh well, is Kevin Costner! This guy is just the best actor to play the role of Mr. Harrison. I can’t even think of any other actor who can play the role just exactly how Mr. Costner had played it! I am a fan sir!

Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons gave their subtle way of acting in the most exquisite way! I actually have second thoughts at the start of the movie when I saw Kirsten Dunst if she is really Kirsten Dunst hahaha! Her performance in this movie is nothing like any of the film she did before. I started liking her in the SpiderMan movie but now I even like her in Hidden Figures. Good job Mrs. Mitchell!

Okay, okay, for the sake of my female readers, I will not forget to include Glen Powell hahaha But kidding aside, he is really adorable on the screen!

  1. My Favorite Scenes:

There’s a lot of scenes in the movie that I kept on watching over and over again. And here are the TOP 5 scenes I wanted to share with you:

TOP 5: Katherine G. Johnson’s “Give or Take” scene

tied with Katherine Johnson’s Russian Spy – Interrogation Scene”

TOP 4: Mr. Harrison (Kevin Costner), “Here at NASA, we pay the same color!”

I am sorry I don’t can’t find a clip yet as of the moment. I will update when I do. Or if you have the link, let me know on the comment below. Thank you.

TOP 3: Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) promotion as a Supervisor

I am sorry I don’t can’t find a clip yet as of the moment. I will update when I do. Or if you have the link, let me know on the comment below. Thank you.

TOP 2: Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe) during her court scene, “I can’t change the color of my skin, so I have no choice but to be the first.”

TOP 1: Katherine Goble Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson) and Mr. Harrison (played by the brilliant Kevin Costner) scene inside the Space Task Group office aka the Bathroom  scene

I hope that more and more people will be able to see this movie specially those who have dreams and at some point in their lives felt like giving up or that they felt like they are against all odds in achieving such.

Be inspired and enjoy people!

Hidden Figures Movie Trailer

Here’s something more about the movie from Wikipedia:

About the Movie:

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about female African-American mathematicians at NASA. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.

Principal photography began in March 2016 in Atlanta and was wrapped up in May 2016. Hidden Figures was released on December 25, 2016, by 20th Century Fox. It received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $122 million worldwide. It was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2016[4] and has been nominated for numerous awards, including three Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer, and two Golden Globes, Best Supporting Actress (Spencer) and Best Original Score. It won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Plot:

In 1961, mathematician Katherine Goble works at the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia alongside her colleagues, aspiring engineer Mary Jackson and informal supervisor Dorothy Vaughan.

Following a successful Russian satellite launch, Al Harrison, the director of the Space Task Group, is pressured by his superiors to double his efforts to send American astronauts into space, and Katherine is assigned to assist them by her supervisor Vivian Mitchell, becoming the first African-American woman in the team. Katherine is told what to wear, including not to wear any kind of jewelry, aside from pearls, though Katherine reveals she doesn’t own any.

Katherine’s presence is initially dismissed by her colleagues and she is forced to work under belligerent head engineer Paul Stafford. Dorothy’s request to be officially promoted to supervisor is rejected by Vivian. Mary identifies a flaw in the experimental space capsule’s heat shields, encouraging her to more assertively pursue an engineering degree.

At a barbecue, Katherine meets United States Army officer Jim Johnson and they are attracted to each other, but Katherine is disappointed when he voices skepticism at the mathematical abilities of women. Harrison later invites his subordinates to solve a complex mathematical equation, and Katherine steps forward, leaving him impressed. The Mercury 7 astronauts visit Langley and astronaut John Glenn is cordial to the West Area Computers employees.

Over time, Katherine becomes better acquainted with her colleagues. Harrison becomes upset when Katherine is not at her desk and she explains that there are no colored bathrooms in the building so she has to use a bathroom in another building. Harrison knocks down the Colored Bathroom sign and abolishes bathroom segregation and, despite Stafford’s objections, allows Katherine to be included in their meetings, in which she creates an elaborate equation to guide the space capsule into a safe re-entry. Despite this, Katherine is forced to remove her name from all the reports, which are credited solely to Stafford. Meanwhile, Mary goes to court and convinces the judge to grant her permission to attend night classes in an all-white school to obtain her engineering degree.

Dorothy learns of the impending installation of an IBM 7090 computer that could replace her co-workers. She visits the computer room and successfully starts the machine. Later, she visits a public library, where the librarian scolds her for visiting the whites-only section. She reveals that she took a book about Fortran. After teaching herself Fortran and training her co-workers, she is officially promoted to supervise the Programming Department and allowed to arrange for her previous co-workers to be transferred there. While congratulating Dorothy on her work, Vivian assures her that she never treated her differently due to the color of her skin, but Dorothy is unconvinced. Meanwhile, Johnson apologizes to Katherine and they ultimately get married.

As the final arrangements for the John Glenn launch are made, Katherine is informed she is no longer needed at Space Task Group and is being reassigned back to West Area Computers. Her colleagues buy her a pearl necklace as a farewell gift. Prior to the launch, however, discrepancies arise in the IBM 7090 calculations for the capsule’s landing coordinates and Glenn requests that Katherine be called in to check the calculations. Katherine quickly does so and hurriedly delivers the results to the control room, only to have the door slammed in her face. However, Harrison brings her into the control room so they can relay the results to Glenn together.

After a successful launch, the space capsule had a warning light indicating a heat shield problem and mission control decides to return the capsule after three orbits instead of seven. Katherine understands the situation and suggests that they should leave the retro-rocket attached to heat shield for reentry. Her instructions prove correct and Friendship 7 successfully lands in the ocean as the world celebrates.

Following the mission, the mathematicians are laid off and ultimately replaced by electronic computers. Katherine is reassigned to the Analysis and Computation Division, Dorothy continues to supervise the Programming Department and Mary goes on to obtain her engineering degree.

An epilogue reveals that Katherine calculated the trajectories for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 missions. In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a new 40,000-square-foot Computational Research Facility at the Langley Research Center was renamed the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility in her honor the following year.

 

Historical Accuracy

The film, set at NASA in 1961, depicts segregated facilities such as the West Area Computing unit, an all-black group of female mathematicians, who were originally required to use separate dining and bathroom facilities. However, in reality, Dorothy Vaughan was promoted to supervisor of West Computing in 1949, becoming the first black supervisor at the NACA and one of the few female supervisors. And in 1958, when the NACA made the transition to NASA, segregated facilities, including the West Computing office, were abolished. Dorothy Vaughan and many of the former West Computers transferred to the new Analysis and Computation Division (ACD), a racially and gender-integrated group.

Mary Jackson completed her engineering courses and earned a promotion to engineer in 1958, becoming NASA’s first black female engineer

Katherine Johnson was assigned to the Flight Research Division in 1953, a move that soon became permanent. When the Space Task Group was formed in 1958, engineers from the Flight Research Division formed the core of the Group and Katherine moved along with them. She coauthored a research report in 1960, the first time a woman in the Flight Research Division had received credit as an author of a research report.

The Space Task Group was led by Robert Gilruth, not Al Harrison who was created to simplify a more complex management structure. Vivian Mitchell and Paul Stafford are composites of several team members reflecting common social views and attitudes of the time. Karl Zielinski is based on Mary Jackson’s mentor Kazimierz “Kaz” Czarnecki.

John Glenn did ask specifically for Johnson to verify the IBM calculations, although she had several days before the launch date to complete the process.

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