Holy crap this movie was amazing and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to rectify that immediately. Stellar cast with some seriously badass women. I honestly wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I settled down in my movie theater seat with my popcorn, Dr. Pepper and my mom, but I knew I wanted to see this movie. I knew parts of it would leave me infuriated and parts of it would make me jump up and cheer.
What I wasn’t expecting was how much I would fall in love with the characters. Particularly the three main women. Dorothy Vaughn, played by Octavia Spencer, Katherine G. Johnson played by Janelle Monae and Mary Jackson played by Taraji P. Henson. I honestly didn’t know anything about this time in history. I knew about the segregation laws obviously, but the rest of it? Nope. I had no knowledge of any of these women and for the first time in a long time, I realized how much my education was lacking.
These three women were unbelievably BRILLIANT and the fact that they couldn’t get noticed for that simply because of both their gender and the color of their skin was one of the biggest heartbreaks in the entire movie. I know that was a big component of it, but I wasn’t expecting it to be such a BIG component. It infuriated me. It made me want to throw shit and I probably would have if I was the only one in the theater.
As much as I LOVE Octavia Spencer, I don’t think she deserved the accolades nearly as much as Taraji P. Henson or Janelle Monae did. What Janelle & Taraji’s characters went through, in my mind, surpassed what Octavia’s character went through. Janelle’s character had to petition a court to allow her to take classes at a “white college” Taraji’s character deals with racism & sexism in her workplace since she is surrounded by white men (and the only other women there is white) and she is leaps & bounds ahead of them when it comes to the material.
There is really so much more I could say about the film, but I’m gonna keep this short and basically tell you all to GO SEE IT. And if you miss it in the theater, then RENT IT when it comes out. When the movie ended, everyone cheered and clapped and in some ways, that was the BEST PART for me.