Just like “Moonlight”, this movie joins in a black community and instead of making it all about racism, they focus on other aspects that should be touched. In this case, the rise of the “woman of color” in the working industry, more specifically, NASA. As a matter of fact, I didn’t expect such a fun and enjoyable film.
Based on real life events, the story is of a team of African American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
For me what really made the movie so powerful were the amazing performances, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and even Jim Parsons managed to shut me up and take him seriously. So, without any ado, the casting was perfect !
Besides that, the different purpose that each character had was interesting. Taraji’s character, Katherine, was the most focused one from the all of the three, however that didn’t make the other’s characters less important and crucial to the plot. And what can I say, Katherine is a very likeable and relatable person that we grow to love as the movie progresses, she is funny even when she isn’t trying to be, a fighter, a lover, a worker and a very smart woman. I don’t know why the f*ck is Taraji NOT nominated for an Oscar.
Moving on, another aspect that I liked about this drama flick was the light touch of racism felt in that time, during the Cold War, that helped adding more tension and intensity to the narrative. It is a well studied movie in relation to the space science, and frankly I didn’t anticipate a space movie when I saw this poster so it ended being a nice surprise.
In regards to the space point, it was another add that encourajed me to get invested more in the plot, not only due to the fact that this time in Cold War is barely used in movies but also the first launches in space are another topic that I haven’t explored. In addition, the real life tapes that they fit here in there of that time and place felt, made the movie more real.
The narrative kept me in touch the whole time, every moment felt important for me and in final of the film really touched me. Also, it was only in the end of it that you realise what the title of the movie really means, these are people ( women ) that deserve to be recognised for what they achieved and the barriers that they broke for the next generations of women and “people of color” ( concept that almost doesn’t exist ) to follow.
Closing, this is a flick that reflects a time where racism existed in higher standards than today where it showed three women that changed the perspective of black women ( but also women in general ) in relation to what they could achieved in a professional level creating a new trajectory for women in society. Of course, adding up the fact that the story is extraordinary, you have a film to look foward to. Hope it does well in the Oscars !
What is it your opinion on this iconic figures ? Do you think the movie did them justice ?
Nominated for : Best Picture, Best Actress In Supporting Role and Best Writing ( Adapted Screenplay ).
I rant : 8,0 / 10