Katherine Goble Johnson
Because I appreciated the movie for portraying important historical women and their struggles, I wanted to love the movie unequivocally. However, I do have my criticisms. There were several times where the plot and tension ran a little slow and I started to fidget in my seat. Meanwhile, all of the three characters experience unprecedented victories, becoming the First African American women to do X, Y, and Z. Though I understand the need to end on a happy and hopeful note, I also wonder if ending with complete victories all around gives the impression that our work for racial justice is done. Of course, those women really did succeed in their aspirations, but black people now still have to endure more than their fair share in life.
Though not always possessing the most compelling plot, Hidden Figures does offer sympathetic characters and stellar acting that made me enjoy the film. I believe that Hidden Figures deserves an audience if for no other reason than our sore need for movies to embrace the talent and genius of women of color. Katherine and her colleagues deserve for us to know their historic contribution. They have already been forgotten for long enough.