Trying to overcome while doing your best in a segregated world.
This is the story of 3 black women working at NASA, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who were all real life pioneers in the space department. NASA was having trouble getting reliable spacecrafts into space and needed a mathematician who understood analytic geometry while they were working on the first IBM to calculate their numbers faster than the Russians. One of those women played by Taraji P. Henson (Katherine) was especially picked because of her skills in math, particularly analytic geometry. Struggling to gain confidence in her skills at NASA working with a group of white men looking down on her she soon gets the respect as well as the shade that comes from doing your job better than others.
This was a very inspiring movie about black women striving to move up in the world and taking their rightful place in the positions they qualify for. Though this was focused on the three women, the hardships and goals can apply to virtually anyone. All the actors did an immaculate job. Special shout out to Birmingham’s own Ashton Tyler as he played the son of Octavia Spencer’s character, Dorothy Vaughan. Congratulations kid! There is many more for you so keep up the faith. The main cast Taraji, Janelle, Octavia and of course Kevin Costner deliver an excellent performance. It’s also good to see Mahershala Ali doing consistently good acting work as well. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Kirsten Dunst. I’ve never seen her play a role older than a 20 something so it was a little different seeing her aged. However, she did a spot on job playing the hard nosed supervisor. Jim Parson’s as the shady, stiff, hard case added that necessary element needed for the right amount of success blockage as well providing the character who eats humble pie.
For all who are looking to reach for something that seems unlikely to obtain and are going through challenges and unsurety as they press for their mark, this movie is one to see. It teaches you not to be weary in your well doing because your gifting will make room for you. I truly loved Octavia’s role because her character was always pushing and looking out for the girls working under her. When information was not given for her to use due to the ignorance of segregation, she thought outside the box to stay ahead and bring others with her. Man she was good. This was a very smart movie and enjoyable all the way through. It had its share of laughs, drama and had great pacing to keep your attention. As far as movies go that deal with equal rights for women, I put this up there with “A League of Their Own”. A must see!
4 3/4 out of 5 Stars