Do not ever underestimate women. Women is just the same with men in any way. In some cases, they even can be stronger, smarter and better. However, how come gender inequality still be an issue? Man or woman, white or coloured should have the same chance to show theirselves. Hidden Figures tells me that. Coloured women in NASA? I just can say “Only a fool think gender inequality is still relevant.”
The film starts after Russia successfully sent their astronauts to space. NACA (later become NASA) responded by making a special group called Space Task Group. Mathematician Katherine Goble, engineer Mary Jackson and unofficial supervisor Dorothy Vaughan were the only colored women in the team, and in the building. Thus the other members were so dismissive and demeaning to them. They even voiced their skepticism toward their capabilities in the team. The worst is head engineer Paul Stafford. Even when she became better acquainted with her colleagues, he still didn’t respect her. He once forced Katherine to credit his only name to all the reports she made. Mary and Dorothy felt the same thing. Mary had to convince the judge to grant her permission to attend night classes in an all-white school to obtain her engineering degree. Meanwhile, Dorothy had to let librarian scolds her for visiting the whites-only section.
However, all of those segregation didn’t stop them to show what they could do for the team. Along with the launch of astronaut John Glenn to space, Space Task Group no longer needed Katherine. She headed back to West Area Computers but discrepancies arose in capsule’s landing coordinates. The team called back her but she only had door slammed in her face. She did not give up so easily. With the help from Harrison, she could have access to the control room so she can relay the results to Glenn together. After a successful launch, the space capsule had a warning light. It indicated a heat shield problem. Katherine understood the situation and suggested the astronauts to leave the retro-rocket attached to heat shield for reentry. Her instruction was correct and the capsule successfully landed in the ocean.
An epilogue reveals that Katherine calculated the trajectories for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 missions.
I can say, Hidden Figures is the film you all should watch. Not only because the casts are brilliantly portrayed the characters. Of course, it is true but just think deeper, it shows us that segregation, discrimination or racism suck! It does not gonna work today and never does. The film may be predictable but I think the film tells the such a complete but enjoyable story. I think Hidden Figures hews closely to the facts in important respects. But still, the storytelling can turn that unspoken history into an audience-pleaser story. I am pretty sure you will like it. Recommended.
Producers : Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi
Directors : Theodore Melfi
Writers : Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Starring : Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell