On the Basis of Sex (2018)
PG-13 | 2h | Biography, Drama | 25 December 2018 (USA)
Synopsis: The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Award probability: less than 5%. Though RBG’s story is fantastic this film just didn’t have the oomph to propel it ahead.
Review: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been in the news lately and also has a fair share of movie time. One of the most powerful women in history deserves all the attention for sure. In this Bio Drama, On the Basis of Sex, all the elements are there and the struggle she faced obvious, but there is a lack of powerful moments and it comes across more like a made for TV movie or a history lesson.
The story focuses on the very early career of RBG (Felicity Jones) as a law student, young mother, and wife. It was during a time period when wife and mother was the pinnacle of female success. Ruth never backs down though and history shows how it has paid off. It is always fascinating to watch how our country viewed the sexes and their roles. The struggle was real.
Jones is a strong performer and the casting of her as Ginsburg was a perfect choice. The issues in this film is not any fault of hers or the supporting cast of Armie Hammer, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates. Also the story is a good representation of the path Ruth had to travel. To pinpoint what doesn’t work in this movie is difficult. In fact it isn’t a bad choice at all. You will be hard pressed to find a better film as a renter or to watch On-Demand. But as a big screen box office ticket purchase… well.. that might be a stretch.
On the Basis of Sex is rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content. It is safe for the whole family but most younger viewers may be a tad bored. If anything RBG’s story is a most see for young teen girls. Not only to see how far we have come as a nation but also how infinite the possibilities.