Fandango Movieclip Channel describe it as
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—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, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
What the trailer tells us
This film (due for release in 2017) will be the subject of forgotten history in recent scientific achievements. It is a worth mentioning that with the film industry getting more and more diverse that these incredible untold stories come to the surface. We should not be grateful; this is the type of history that we should know. We are aware that significant achievements in modern history books gravely misses out recognition by black people within certain topics. Black movements become discussed at school, but I do not remember learning about black women being the forefront of scientific development for NASA. Nor do we learn much about it in the same area when it comes to women. The trailer lightly touches on the racism and sexism these women faced and while it is mixed in with humour you cannot help but feel the seriousness of the history. I think the film will confirm that NASA, which we know is a highly reputable science organisation, was diverse and accepting in the community but the public and media were not.
This film can be another triumph in forgotten history. While Jesse Owens is relatively known in the movie Race (2016), it did bring to surface that many people did not know that part of the Olympics history. At the same time, I hope the film recognises the achievements and does not go too dark with the issues revolving around the three women; their accomplishments should be celebrated on the big screen and not just be about controversies which are one thing the film Race did successfully without over-egging historical problems.
Overall, the film looks to be quite light with an added sense of humour, insight into the history, the developments surrounding NASA at the time and the unbearable sexism/racism these women faced.
Let’s just hope it does what it sets out to achieve.
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe
Director: Theodore Melfi
Excitement rating: 3 stars out of 5
By Dan Hart
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