After making Father Biscuits watch Tusk, I am not allowed to pick the movies we watch for a month. Today though, we saw a movie I likely would have picked regardless. “Hidden Figures” is a movie that I firmly believe all who love science should see. I won’t give a full synopsis, because I am lazy, but also because I want everyone reading this to go see the movie. If not because it’s good, see it because it’s important to see it. Those who positively contribute to our world deserve recognition, period. After all, how can we tell students to pursue the sciences, if we won’t even be able to tell them ‘good job’ after they’ve cured Super Space Aids.
At this point in the article, especially after I’ve tried to guilt you into seeing it, I should probably tell you what it’s about. “Hidden Figures” stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, three African-American women working at NASA in the 1960’s. You might be saying to yourself right now, “The 1960’s? Well that was when we put the first people into space!” and you would be right. These women put John Glenn into orbit around Earth and brought him back without having to use a vacuum and an urn. The movie recounts their time working to better humanity, while faced with the impossible challenge of being both a woman and black in the 60’s.
There are ups and downs (and really high ups) through the movie, and despite a nothing to scoff at run time of 2 hours and 7 minutes, it was well worth paying to see. I encourage everyone to pay (we here at ParticleShock don’t condone media piracy) even if it’s really low on your list of things to see. The work these women did was simply wonderful, and the fact that this is the first time many of us, myself included, have heard of them is an absolute tragedy. Their story is one that should be told for years to come, and thanks to the amazing cast, it now will be.