Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hidden Figures

One of the benefits of Marvin's working part time is the ability to go see a movie at one in the afternoon on a weekday.  On Tuesday the prices are lower and we got the Senior Citizen Discount so we had a lovely afternoon that was economical as well. And by the way, apparently lots of old people go to the mid day movies on Tuesday  judging by the demographics of our theater.

Marvin, being a physicist and a long time employee for the defense industry, wanted to see this movie. I am not a mathematician but I wanted to see it as well.  It was one of the best movies we have seen in quite a while.

These actresses did a great job at portraying the ladies who broke the race barriers at Langley Air Force Base in the early 60s.  Mary, on the left, aspired to be the first black woman to become an engineer at Langley. Catherine,  in the middle, was a genius when it came to figures. Her mind was amazing. And Octavia Spencer played Dorothy. Dorothy was a pioneer in computer work. She and her "ladies" programmed and managed the first IBM computer at Langley.

Kevin Costner was Catherine's boss and he needed her brilliant mind to help figure out the math that would put a man in orbit and keep him there.

Oh Look, Sheldon is working at NASA! I love Jim Parson on Big Bang Theory and his role as Paul Stafford in this movie, is very Sheldonesque.

These ladies were such good friends...I loved that aspect. They always cheered each other on as they sought better jobs and more advantages. If you love the fashions of the 60s you will enjoy watching this movie for that alone.  There are parts of the movie that will make you uncomfortable. Sometimes we need a reminder that the Good Old Days were not always so good for everyone.

I give this movie five stars and a thumbs up!! Check it out if you have the chance.


Latane Barton said...

I will have to check that out. My granddaughter-in-law works at Langley as an airplane inspector. I will have to tell her to see this as well.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Arlene... I felt the same way about this movie. I wish Hollywood would make more like this. Have a good week.

Sandy said...

You summed it up perfectly. I really enjoyed it too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I can't wait to see this movie! Love the story and the actors in it too! Great review...thanks! Hugs, Diane

Terri D said...

We rarely get to the movies, but that one does look excellent! Thanks for the review!

Mari said...

Thanks for the review - it looks good!