The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – 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.
IT- In this feel-good and moving biographical drama, we witness the little-known story of 3 brilliant African American women who played a pivotal role at NASA by helping propel the first American, John Glenn, into orbit. The underdog story blends charm, inspiration with a hint of patriotism in a touching narrative packed with a phenomenal female cast.
Prepare to be blown away by the performances of the trio Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) and Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson) who are each fighting their own battle in a world run by white men. The powerful portrayal by these actresses’ gives recognition to the intelligent black women who were overlooked before but are now world renowned thanks to this film.
It is hard not to love this movie as these women ensured their stamp on American history by overcoming adversity and opening up the conversation about race and gender subjectivity in American culture, in a time where it was taboo. Director, Theodore Melfi, competently brings an energy that’s so heartening and uplifting that you’d hate yourself for disliking this movie. One can see why it has cemented itself as a must-watch film that has been nominated for 3 Oscars.
Especially good to watch if you’re glum and need some inspiration or hope in your life! 7/10
Hollywood take note: We need more films that celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of overlooked minorities (American and non-American) in history!