Octavia Spencer is Dorothy Vaughan, the computer whiz who teaches herself FORTRAN. Yes, I remember that language. I am that old.
Taraji P. Henson is Katherine Johnson, the incredibly gifted math genius who helps figure out...well, I couldn't tell you what she figures out because it IS rocket science.
I am a complete sucker for anything Kevin Costner is in and he honestly doesn't disappoint here. He is still a stud in my book. Plus, he had some pretty good lines and I love it when he's funny.
It is rare that I go to a movie and not get a little antsy. Even the best ones get me a little shifty in my seat. "Hidden Figures" (running time 2hr 7 min) kept me completely engaged. I never checked my watch once. Maybe it was because I was laughing a lot. Or maybe it was because the audience was really getting into it and clapping and cheering at all the right spots. Or maybe it was because this is just a damn fine movie.
I do remember the events recreated in this movie. And I do remember that we saw women working for NASA well before they were common place anywhere else. I also remember thinking that those women must have been pretty smart. I guess it's the glasses.