Review: An incredible true story of three female African-American mathematics named Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. They served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program and also behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Director: Theodore Melfi
Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa, Kurt Krause, Ken Strunk, Lidya Jewett and Donna Biscoe
Genre: Biography, Drama and History
This is a story which I knew nothing about.Whoever came up with the main title is a genius. The script is well written in a way that is occasionally quite humorous. All the characters came alive and it is always so much fun watching Kevin Costner who is always brilliant in everything he does. All the performances were amazing and there wasn’t a weak link anywhere to be found. I found it to be engaging all the way through. It is a very enjoyable well told story. You could argue on one hand that this is a lesson in racial history and that we forget how far we have come to accept people for who they are. When Taraji P. Henson got the part she then actually got to meet the real Katherine G. Johnson who was 98 years old and asked her questions about her character she was about to portray. The film was then screened for Johnson who then wanted to know why anyone would want to make a film about her life. At the Academy Awards (Oscar Awards) in 2017, before presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature, all three of the film’s stars, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, introduced Henson’s real life counterpart, 98 year old Katherine Johnson, to the stage, where she received a standing ovation from the audience.