Every time we get a chance to get ahead they move the finish line. Every time. – Mary Jackson
This movie is based on a true story, about three strong women who despite all of the limits society had thrust upon them, rose above it and made their mark on the world of space exploration.
When Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) is assigned as a ‘computer’ for the team helmed by Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) the only tasks she’s given is to check over the work of other members of the team. Most of the information is classified, but Katherine decides to read between the lines and show the team made up of white men just exactly what she’s capable of.
Meanwhile Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) helms up a team of her own, despite the fact that no one will give her the supervisors position that she richly deserves and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) takes on the laws of the state to become the engineer she’s always wanted to be.
Together these three women serve as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glen (Glen Powell) into orbit in the Friendship 7 which will bring the US into the Space Race.
This movie also gives you insights into the lives of these three women and their families outside of the workplace and just serves as further inspiration as to what they went through both inside NASA and outside of it as well.
One of my favorite parts of the film (spoiler alert) is when Katherine Jackson (Henson) gives Al Harrison (Costner) a piece of her mind after he asks where she disappears every day and what he does as a result. It marks the first of several turning points throughout the film, and one of the many ways these women changed the face of NASA.
Another favorite scene of mine is when Katherine questions just why she isn’t invited into the briefings each day, when it affects not only her ability to do her work, but the accuracy of it as well. Not only does she attend the meeting, she ends up having the opportunity to show all of the men sitting around the table, exactly who is the brains behind the figures they’ve been seeing in their briefings every day.
This inspiring movie is definitely a must see.