On The Basis Of Sex: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life And Legacy

‘Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you’ – Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

On the Basis of Sex (2018), was directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman, the nephew of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The biopic follows the story of Ruth, played by Felicity Jones, through her struggles at Harvard Law and eventually tackling a groundbreaking tax case, which would be the catalyst to her journey for gender equality under the law. Film companies Focus Feature and Magnolia Pictures have recently announced they will be re-releasing the film On the Basis of Sex along with the documentary RBG to theaters on Friday, where they will be donating the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation to support the Women’s Rights Project, co-founded by Ginsburg in 1972. YouTubers Clarisse Loughrey from the channel Kermodandmayo, Brandon K. Avery from the channel Just My Opinion Reviews, Taylor from the channel Finely Taylored and Dannymalt, share their thoughts on the biopic of one of the most famous women in modern history.

She’s also the pop culture icon. She’s on t shirts. She’s got her own action figure. There’s people out there calling her Notorious RBG; she is as close, I feel like we can get, to a real-life superhero.

The movie is about symbolism of what one person’s small contribution can accomplish, according to YouTuber Clarisse Loughrey, who enjoys the film's perspective of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s origin story. She notes that though the film deals with complicated and dense legal jargon, it does an excellent job in presenting it in a compelling and comprehensible way.

YouTubers Brandon and Dannymalt both feel Felicity Jones’s performance definitely hit the nail on the head. They praise the actress for her ability to convey such an iconic woman and at the same time make her such a related character.

I thought she was really good as RGB in this. She’s very heartwarming and she’s very good at giving these thrilling legal defenses in court … I really bought her as the hard working RGB and everything she brought to the role.

Despite the film dealing with controversial topics such as race, gender, and politics, YouTuber Brandon feels it all takes a backseat to the performances of the characters, specifically Felicity Jones. He gives an example of the way Jones portrayed a worn out and tired Ginsburg in one of the scenes where the character's mental perseverance is being tested.

There was just one scene that she’s walking down a hallway and you can see it all over her face and it just kind of shows just how great her performance was.

Another stand out performance goes to the relationship between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband Martin Ginsburg, played by actor Armie Hammer. YouTuber Taylor praises the actors for their portrayal of the couple, who in her opinion have great on-screen chemistry.

Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer are absolutely delightful in this movie. They are adorable in their chemistry. You really believe that they are life partners and they fit so well where it feels natural that this couple would be a couple.

The film is a celebration of what Ruth Bader Ginsburg represents and how she was able to and continues to make an impact in our history and society, according to Loughrey. In one scene she describes how the film is able to visually make the character seem almost god-like, comparing it to Jesus and the parting of the sea.

It’s a celebration of what she represents to people as this Wonder Woman-esque, frontline soldier in the battle for gender equality. And I love the opening scene where you see all the men are arriving for their first day at Harvard … and then suddenly emerges the pair of bright blue heels, it’s Ruth.

All of the YouTubers agree, the film was heartwarming, inspiring, and in a sense empowering. Taylor feels the film accurately depicts the trials and tribulations faced by Ginsburg and brilliantly showcases the beginnings of her legacy as an advocate for social equality. The film's underlying message of how one person is able to make a difference in the world is truly inspiring, according to Loughrey. It is a fascinating look into the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, says Dannymalt, who is now inspired to watch the documentary on her life. And for Brandon, the theme of the film delivered to both male and female audiences makes a big statement to everyone to always fight for what you believe in.

YouTubers Dannymalt, Brandon from Just My Opinion Reviews, Taylor from Finely Taylored and Clarisse Loughrey, who is a regular fill in for Mark Kermode from Kermodandmayo, all rate and review new movies and TV shows on their channels regularly.