“Hidden Figures” Movie Review
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Hidden Figures is an intriguing feature following three African-American women through their careers at NASA in the 1960s. Based on real women, the characters are vibrant and well developed. Sassy, composed, and perseverant, the women face their problems head on with an optimistic attitude. Although the plot lacks a dramatic twist, the film makes up for it by addressing the real problems that women and people of color faced in an engaging and lighthearted way. One of most prevalent conflicts that the characters face is prejudice.
Dorothy, Mary, and Caty continuously face prejudice throughout the film. Whether it is about their gender or race, they are constantly questioned and underestimated. This is shown straightaway when they are questioned by a police officer, who was in disbelief that African American women were working at NASA. Although this is a highly comedic scene, it is clearly reflective of the prejudice present in the time period. The women continue to face problems with bigotry: Dorothy struggles to get a promotion; Mary can’t get into an engineering program; and Katherine struggles to find her place at NASA.
Although the plot sounds mundane when summarized, the movie truly is worth the time and money to go see. It addresses important and historically accurate issues, while still making them relatable to the issues people face today. The film will not fail to amuse you, and it will definitely make you think about issues that different people face regardless of the time period.