Title: Hidden Figures Director: Theodore Melfi Year: 2016 Run time: 2hrs 7m
“The incredible untold true story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) & Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement galvanized the world and inspired generations to dream big.”
2:20 - It is kinda scary when a kid is saying things you have no idea what they mean. 5:26 - If someone said they worked at NASA, I would never stop with the questions. 9:23 - “We can’t justify a space programme that doesn’t put anything into space.” 10:07 - Setting aside a giant room for a computer, those were the days! 15:07 - I like that they all just carry on with their work and her shoe is just stick on the grate. 24:41 - I like her tottering along in her heels, excellent running. 25:53 - “Answers to questions we don’t even know to ask.” 46:43 - She has the best attitude. Technology is going to take your job, so learn everything you can, make yourself valuable. “Someone’s going to have to be there to push the buttons.” 50:51 - Mr C has just flipped out at her Fortran book, bless! 53:00 - Her script has a lot of ‘mmhmm’ in, and she makes them all different and brilliant. 1:02:05 - Half a mile!! 1:16:22 - His arguments are all over the place. Human survival, getting control of outer space, just being first. All of the above, I guess. 1:26:05 - “I like her numbers.” 1:27:52 - Where we’re going, we don’t need calculators. 1:35:26 - “I know you probably believe that.” 1:43:36 - I can’t get over how flimsy the space suits are.
What an incredible film. It’s amazing this story hasn’t been told before. Inspirational and moving, it’s also eye-opening in giving yet more insight into the struggles against segregation and racism that are still being fought today.
I love that the three characters are strong and inspiring in their own unique ways. Katherine is so smart and eventually yells at her boss to get equal treatment. Mary is so determined she talks round a court judge to get the opportunity to learn. And my personal favourite Dorothy takes it upon herself to learn everything and prove to be indispensable, thus making the colour of her skin a non-issue. Her attitude towards the way technology changes the workplace was really interesting, and still applies to this day.
Great film, worth a watch and a rewatch, and I can’t wait to dive into the iTunes Extras and see what more there is to learn.