History is forged and shaped by ordinary people on a daily basis who can turn a ripple on the water into a tilde wave that impacts the lives of many. The new film “Hidden Figures” shows that courage and persistence are what it takes to make change happen no matter what the odds are in life.
The film tells the story of three black women who work for NASA in the 1960’s. The women, Katherine Johnson (Taraji Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), are gifted in mathematics but limited to what they can do due to racism in the workplace. Despite these factors, the women find ways to shine and rise above the small-minded attitudes of their co-workers.
"Hidden Figures" has several factors that create a great story for audiences to immerse themselves into. The first is its writing.
In a movie set in the civil rights era, it is easy for the story of these three women to become overshadowed if the director had shifted focus to key events happening at the time. However, these events and attitudes are not forgotten about and do play a role in the film.
One moment that shows the stupidity of racism involves a bathroom. When Johnson has to use the facilities she can’t simply take a short walk down the hall. It requires a 40-minute walk from her desk to the other side of the NASA complex to use a segregated bathroom.
When her boss, Al Harrison (Kevin Costner), confronts her about where she disappeared to, Johnson explains how idiotic racism is with dignity and class. She tells her story to Harrison and her co-workers about how she confronts this bigotry each day.
The film shows that if you want change in your life, sometimes, you have to be the person to make that first step. Sometimes that step can be scary it is important not to let fear of the unknown to hold you back.
This type of change is shown when Jackson is talking with Johnson and Vaughan about not being able to attend NASA’s engineering program because the classes are held at an all white school. Her friends tell her to do something about it instead of just complaining.
So, Jackson petitions the court to make that happen. When the judge tells her that there is no protocol for a black woman attending an all white school Jackson replies, “There’s no protocol for men circling the earth either, sir.” The judge agrees with her and rules in her favor.
With her actions, Jackson shows that it is important to stand up for what you believe in and to confront evil and racism in the world.
"Hidden Figures" is a great movie that everyone needs to see. It teaches a lot of important lessons that still, unfortunately, need to be taught today and confronts narrow-minded attitudes.
Racism and sexism are views that are moronic and don’t have a place in our world. To hold onto these hate filled ideas is damaging to humanity’s future and does not create a better world for the next generation. As. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” So to rid the world of this hateful view, use the tools of love and compassion to build the future.
I give “Hidden Figures” five out of five mustaches.
Hidden Figures is rated PG for thematic elements and some language and runs 127 minutes.
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