Plot: An incredible true story about the African American women who helped win the space race. It focuses on three women who muddle through in a time where equal rights were non-existent.
Director: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali.
The first time I saw the trailer for this film I got goose bumps and a shiver ran down my spine. That’s when you know a film is going to be great! And it was. It was fantastic and it can really open people’s eyes into how bad discrimination was back then, especially a younger generation, one that doesn’t really know that much about it. The film offers insight into discrimination.
So much disgusted me about this film about how the women were treated. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) who played the main character, got a job working in the numbers department and she was the only African American in there and they treated her like vermin. They made her make her drink out of a different water tank. She also had to go to the “coloured peoples” toilet which was 40 minutes away from where she worked. Imagine having to travel 40 minutes just to go relieve yourself. That is ridiculous.
The story is just unbelievable and really empowering. It’s not just empowering for African American’s, it’s empowering for all women of any colour or ethnicity. It’s just empowering for anyone who has been in a situation where they haven’t stood up for themselves. The film teaches us to always stand up for ourselves.
The three actors that played the three main parts were completely loveable and they played the characters with strength and awe. This is an unforgettable story but these actors made these characters unforgettable too. They were very inspiring.
It’s a film that is hard to dislike. It’s touching and a lesson in racial history. I can’t believe this story has only just been made into a film, honestly. The talent this year for films is insane. The Oscars are right around the corner and there is a lot of tough competition but I do hope this film gets the recognition it deserves. I hope it gets an award, it deserves it.