Monday, January 23, 2017

Lanie's Movie Review: Hidden Figures

Saturday's Adventures

First Stop: Movie Tavern

Xyra had a free ticket to Movie Tavern and asked us who would want to go see a movie with her and Nonna. I jumped at the chance. Especially when she said which movie they were going to see...Hidden Figures. It's all about the human computers that used to be the main way scientific calculations were completed and checked before mainframe computers were created and popular.

We arrived at Providence Town Center and actually found a parking spot on Market Street close to Movie Tavern
It was a quick walk to the theatre and Nonna was waiting for us inside.
Just outside our theatre was a poster for the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast. I hope we get to see that too.
We took our seats and looked over the menu. We ended up sharing abucket of popcorn and the margarita flatbread.
Then the movie started and WOW! We talked with Professor M before seeing it to be prepared for how much of it might have been Hollywooded up. Some times "based on true events" can be very loosely based. One of the really cool things about this movie is that it made me want to learn more about these women and the human computer corps. So when we got home I pulled out my laptop and hit the NASA website!

Hidden Figures

Photo from Hidden Figures official movie site

The movie is based on the lives of three African-American human computers: Mary Jackson, Katherine (Goble) Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan. All three were employed by the NACA⧿that is not a typo⧿Langley Memorial Aeronautic Laboratory West Area Computing section and had skills beyond belief! If you watch Big Bang Theory, think Sheldon Cooper, but female and 100% less annoying. Speaking of Sheldon, Jim Parsons plays one of the trajectory group where Katherine is reassigned.

So we give the movie 5 stars because it was moving, well acted, and incorporated historical footage to support the events from the movie.

However, we hope you do your own research too and learn more about the women and others like them. Women who were and are brilliant and skilled in the field of mathematics, engineering, and science. So check out the links too.


NASA Links
Mary Jackson (article) (bio)
Katherine Johnson (article) (bio)
Dorothy Vaughan (bio) (feature)

Smithsonian Link

Movie Links
Hidden Figures (IMDB) (Official Movie Site)

Have you seen any great, inspirational movies? What is your favorite? I rank this one up there with October Sky.

Second Stop: American Girl King of Prussia

After the movie we headed to the King of Prussia Mall an the American Girl store. It's a pop up and is closing soon. I'm glad Melody got to see it when it was full. Now it seemed really sad. It was super busy. Lots of girls waiting to have their hair done while their families looked to pick up a few other goodies. There were quite a few things available, but not much from our wish list. First, I checked out the glasses.
Then Gabriela's dance studio.
This tent is much closer to the one Xyra and Franz have for trips to Coolspring.
Finally the dolls. I really liked Kaya, but we will have to wait on her.
Nonna was lucky and found a lovely 54 to take home to her family.

What would you have chosen? Hope you had a nice weekend.

See you again soon!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliate with American Girl, Hidden Figures, 20th Century Fox, Movie Tavern, or NASA. All links are provided for educational and informative purposes. No purchase is required to enjoy the post.


  1. Loved the movie review, especially the Sheldon Cooper comment! ROFL! This is on my list of movies to see soon, just waiting for it to hit the cheap theater.

    I love that tent, it's been hard to say no to it!

    1. Shouldn't have to wait too long. It was down to only a few showtimes, but then they leave movie tavern faster than the other theatres.

      I know. I will be watching sales...I think.