Hidden Figures Book vs. Movie

Hidden Figures Book vs. Movie

I first saw the trailer for this movie a few months before it came out, and I instantly wanted to see it. Then when I learned that it was based off a book I wanted to read it. Usually I try to read the book before seeing the movie, but for this one I saw the movie and then read the book because that is how the timing worked out. I loved the movie and it made me want to read the book even more. Everything about it was great, it was serious but also funny. It also made me root for the characters and want to know even more about them. The book is by Margot Lee Shetterly and is a nonfiction book about the black women who helped open doors for women into the world of science. There are a few differences between the book and the movie, they mostly just they made the timeline a lot shorter, which is to be expected in movies. One major thing that they did change was in the book it talked about how Katherine didn’t use the colored bathroom, since the white women’s bathroom wasn’t labeled as specifically white she just went ahead and used it. Katherine was aware of racism but lived her life in a way that made it so that it wouldn’t confront her as much as possible. But in the movie, there not being any colored restrooms around where Katherine worked was made into a plot point. And segregated facilities are a big issue and definitely needs to be addressed, but the movie made it into a bigger deal then the book did. Overall the movie did a pretty great job telling the story of Dorothy, Katherine, and Mary. I would definitely recommend seeing the movie and reading the book.

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