A Hidden Gem of a Movie

Hidden Figures Movie Review

20th Century Fox

Marissa Tarzian, Crown Staff

IMDb Synopsis: The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.


Hidden Figures follows the amazing untold story of three incredibly brilliant African-American women women Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). Johnson was a physicist and mathematician, Vaughan was a mathematician, and Jackson was a mathematician and aerospace engineer.  They defied racial and gender prejudice while also advancing aspects of NASA’s space program. The women all fought tooth and nail to get what they wanted in their jobs. Due to their fierce determination they made history in their field.

Johnson was the only person that astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) trusted to get him in and out of space. Without her doing the calculations she did, Glenn could have died in his descent back down to earth. If he had died the U.S could have lost the Space Race to Russia. If that had happened, Johnson would have never went on to do the moon landing calculations. Without her calculations, Neil Armstrong may not have been the first man to walk on the moon or may have never walked on the moon at all. The Space Program could have been very different from the one that we now know today. I give this movie four out of five stars.