Monday, 20 February 2017

Hidden Figures // my thoughts

So on Friday, Sam finished work early and she was feeling totally fed up, so we decided to head out to the cinema to watch Hidden Figures, which I'd been desperate to watch since I saw the adverts. And truthfully, from the opening credits 'til the lights came back on, I was mesmerised.

Hidden Figures tells the story of three prominent black women who worked for NASA: Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - a story, for the most part, that has been left untold. I feel so uplifted to have learnt about their lives and their stories and their struggles, where they came from and what they did and how they contributed to the space race.

The three women were portrayed beautifully: characters full of love and life, full of intelligence and charm and talent, full of wit and full of something more amazing than I've ever known. They had a way with numbers, a way with words, a way with people. They had incredible fashion sense (seriously, that wardrobe department best be getting a pay rise) and a beautiful sense of who they were.

These were women who knew their worth, who weren't afraid to fight for what they believed in, who changed the course of history by doing so. These were women who did things first and did them well, all while raising families and having to work a million times as their white, male and white-male counterparts.

And the three actresses: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle MonĂ¡e. They did these women justice, and I was so drawn in by the way they had so obviously fallen in love with the characters they were playing. The rest of the cast, too, were incredible and really brought the story to life.

Overall, I couldn't love Hidden Figures more. It's beautiful, emotional, captivating. The soundtrack is perfect, the jokes are tasteful, the story is heartwarming. I can't recommend it more - please, please, please go and see it. I didn't know anything about these women beforehand, and now I'm dying to lap up every bit of information about them I can. This film is education in the best possible form.

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