Hidden Figures (2016)

By Livia Peterson

The words “diversity” and “inclusion” are not synonymously utilized in the film industry and the real life. The diversity comprises folks of all backgrounds, regardless of the gender, the ethnicity, the age, and the like. The inclusion is embracing the women and the people of color. Diversity and inclusion are difficult to locate in the American cinema. And here we are commencing the New Year – 2017, “Hidden Figures” involves both diversity and inclusion. Indeed, a significant step towards progression. Mind you, Hollywood, you must endure the strenuous journey ahead prior to announcing “We did it!”
 
Based on the biography of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, the African American women Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Katherine Goble-Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) solve the launch and landing (complicated mathematics) to win the Space Race. John Glenn (Glen Powell) was the first American astronaut to complete three out of the seven scheduled orbits around the Earth.
 
The female empowerment to the maximum! Propelled by exquisite performances provided via the three incredible leading ladies, the compelling yet surprisingly lesser known narrative allows the audience to feel good from start to finish. However, “Hidden Figures” follows the conventional biopic guidelines – but the film allows the mathematics and the NASA appreciation.
 
I still hate mathematics following the screening. You may not understand half of the math demonstrated onscreen. (What the heck is sine? What the heck is cosine? What the heck is this and that algorithm?) Ignore the fact: “Hidden Figures” is a genius.
 
Mathematics is essential, regardless of the circumstances. We are thankful – regarding the NASA is still exploring the outer space. The segregation is nearly nonexistent yet the men are still superior to the women today. Alas, “Hidden Figures” may or may not be profound – but allows the reflection afterward. B+

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