It’s the event we all know, but the story we didn’t with Hidden Figures. And it’s about time this story was told.
The film tells the story of three African-American female mathematicians working for NASA and who would provide a vital role during the early years of the US space program.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae are the three leads in this terrific story of courage and hard work, and I couldn’t think of three other perfect actresses for such an iconic role.
Henson, Spencer, and Monae have tremendous chemistry and whether they share a scene or go solo, each actress gives a performance for the ages, brilliantly honoring the real-life women who had such an impact on space travel without us ever knowing.
But they aren’t the only performances to be admired here. Kevin Costner also gives a great performance, projecting a great amount of dedication for his character’s job and coping with the pressures that he too faces. Jim Parsons, of Big Bang Theory fame, also gives a great performance as the ignorant and out-of-touch NASA engineer who makes the lives of the women that more difficult.
The film does a great job at capturing a historic moment in US space history but also in general US history, with its backdrop against the civil rights movement and the rampant racial discrimination that gripped America during that time.
Deserving of all the accolades its received, it’s about time these Hidden Figures were brought into the light.