Last weekend, my family took a trip to the local movie theater and finally had a chance to see Hidden Figures. I had seen the trailer back in September and had instantly been captivated by the women being portrayed.
What can I say, I’m a sucker for powerful women.
After hearing rave reviews from, well, just about everyone, I knew there was going to be something special of this movie, though I didn’t quite expect how amazing I would feel after it ended.
For anyone who may not know, Hidden Figures follows Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three black women working at NASA during the 60s. Obviously, this was a very pivotal time in American history, what with the space race and the civil rights movement and all that jazz. As a feminist and a history buff, this was basically my dream movie.
I feel like I need to address the fact that this is a story that has been Hollywoodized, as best put by Savannah Brown, and I don’t particularly appreciate the need writers had for a white hero. I would highly encourage everyone to do some more research on these women.
Regardless, this movie was absolutely beautiful. I was a massive fan of the cinematography of this film, from the coloring, to the framing, and even the costume design. It was so eye-catching and did a great job at blending in actual footage from the time period.
However, this movie is so much more than a pretty picture.
Truly, this was life changing. This was my call to action.
The entire time I was watching the film, I felt this fire growing inside of me. I spent 127 minutes of my life engrossed in the lives of these trailblazers, these geniuses. And when I left, I was filled with an overwhelming need to change the world.
So, I came home and completely revamped this site. I came up with a new mission statement, I redesigned our layout, I got organized with our social media. I buckled down on schoolwork and tackled chores I had been putting off for who knows how long.
I stopped looking for excuses and started looking for inspiration.
I started living, as cheesy as it sounds.
And I really have to thank this movie for that.