Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe and Kevin Costner, grossed just a little over 22 million to beat out Rouge One for he number one box office spot this weekend, and I could not be more excited. It is a fabulous film with fine acting and well put together dialogue and cinematography.

In Hidden Figures "three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world." Based on the true story of Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson, this film brought to light not only their involvement but the countless women of color and women all together who contributed to a significant moment in history against all odds.

There were some events portrayed in this film that made me angry and caused my heart to hurt but those were easily overtaken by the pride and sense of hope and perseverance that grew inside of me knowing that  these woman were true pioneers. Not only did they contribute but by extension their families. Without the sacrifices made by their parents, loved ones, children and so forth, they would not be able to make their dreams come true.

The film was comical, and serious, and romantic and touching all while retelling the story of the foresight and just plain, good old fashion work ethic displayed by these three women. At the end of the day what I am reminded of is to keep your focus on what you want and do not give up even in the face of adversity. Additionally, have confidence in your abilities. If you are lucky enough to know what your gift is, nurture it, grow it, expand yourself even as you work towards your goal. These women did just that. They did not give up. They worked, tirelessly and consistently to improve to move forward to accomplish what they set out to do. These were not just workers and clock punchers. They were truly the best at what they did and worked to be even better.

I enjoyed this film. If you have yet to see it, run, don't walk. Purchase your movie ticket, no bootlegging allowed. Go support it. I took the boy and the girl to see it and they both loved it. Let's make it number one again. You will not be disappointed.


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