Review: Hidden Figures

Picture via 20th Century Fox

Picture via 20th Century Fox

(No spoilers)

 

Okay, first of all… I shed real tears watching this movie. Set back in the 50’s and 60’s, Hidden Figures touches on the challenges people faced solely due to their gender and skin color. I could not believe that one could work at NASA, one of the most prestigious jobs, and still be treated like they were less. Such were the struggles of Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and many other African Americans working at NASA during this time. Segregation still existed on the NASA campus and, on top of all of that, they were looked down upon to an even greater degree because they were women. I won’t spoil any of the scenes, but some of the things they had to deal with were just ridiculous and will definitely leave you feeling heated. But that is what I love about this movie. It evokes so much feeling in the audience from anger to amusement to utter joy. You can’t help to feel for these ladies.

The movies timeline is a tad bit cloudy. Katherine Johnson’s first major NASA assignment was calculating trajectories for Alan Shepard the first American in space. But the movie rather focuses mainly on the flight made my John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. If it was not for the strides these women made in coding, highly advanced mathematics, and engineering, we would not have been able to safely send Alan Shepard and John Glenn to space nor ensure their safe returns. I will say one thing the movie includes, because I think it’s that important and it is historically factual. Around this time, IBM computers were becoming the new thing. At some point before taking off on his flight, Glenn was told the computer was spitting out different data than the days prior and now numbers were altered. Glenn SPECIFICALLY asked for Katherine Johnson to look over the data saying, “get the girl to check the numbers... If she says the numbers are good... I'm ready to go." As someone who has dealt with computer coding to calculate intense math, this is seriously incredible. Needless to say, Johnson’s calculations were more precise than the computer and Glenn returned safely. Vaughan, Johnson, and Jackson do plenty more for NASA, but you will have to watch the movie to see just how much. Venus loves this movie and you will too! Go see Hidden Figures, in theaters now, and enjoy.

 

Alyssa RamosComment