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1.25.2017

Let's Go To The Movies - Hidden Figures

My two BFFs and I went to the movies over the weekend and saw Hidden Figures!

During the Space Race of the early 1960's, NASA needs only the best and brightest if they're going to beat the Russians to the moon. Three extraordinary African American women rise to the challenge despite enormous obstacles and opposition from their peers in segregated Virginia.

Finally a "based on a true story" movie about amazing women!! Woo-hoo!!

There was so much to applaud about this film, the story being number one. It so needed to be told and is long overdue. It was surprising enough to find out women were forging ahead in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and computers at NASA in the early 1960's, but when you add on the fact that they were African American women to boot, it's beyond impressive. Such pioneers these women. And who knew NASA was so ahead of its time, you know, besides the whole space travel thing.

I loved the look and feel of the film too. It was bright, colorful, and full of great music and energy. Impressive and moving performances by Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and especially Octavia Spencer. They each brought their all to their respective individual stories, but especially shined when together. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen such chemistry between a group of females on screen before. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, and Mahershala Ali rounded out the rest of the ensemble cast nicely.  

The fact that Hidden Figures felt so incredibly fresh and relevant here in 2017 is unequivocal proof of how rarely true stories of women of color are featured in film. The fact that this movie is doing great at the box office is why they need to be told more. There is an audience for these films - great date movie, great Girls Night Out movie, great family movie. Great movie!

P.S. The Oscar nominations came out yesterday. Hidden Figures nabbed three nominations including Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer and Best Picture!

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