“Here at NASA, we all pee the same color.”
I could simply say go see this film. I could also write a long post of all the feelings I have after watching this wonderful film. So I will say this, go and see this film for the incredible effort brought together for this amazing story about three black women (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson) in NASA who propelled men into space through their calculations and grit. As an audience, you understand the race relations and struggles of the 60’s. There is also the personal lives of these women portrayed and their successes and setbacks.
The cast is exceptional. Taraji is stunning in her role. Octavia is strong as ever. Janelle is commanding. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Kimberly Quinn, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glenn Powell complete a stellar supporting cast.
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, who also directed the film, adapt the book by Margot Lee Shetterly brilliantly. If you have not read the book, make time to. Melfi along with Cinematographer Mandy Walker and Production Designer Wynn Thomas capture Hampton, Langley and the places that are of the character’s lives. Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Ben Wallfisch created a score that represents the time yet feels contemporary. The film heightens the scenes.
Ride in peace, John Glenn.