The beginnings and rise of the most celebrated U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
“We’re not asking you to change the country. We’re asking you to protect the right of the country to change.” Women’s rights lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares to argue the case that could change the course of American history.
“On the Basis of Sex” tells the story of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from being one of the few women in Harvard Law to her work as a women’s rights advocate. Felicity Jones played the role of Ginsburg well, and in tandem with Armie Hammer, who played the role of her husband, this film will catch your attention from start to finish. The thrill of building and debating a case aside, who doesn’t want to watch Hammer on screen? I said Jones was superb in this film, so chill. Both Jones and Hammer shined without taking the spotlight out of the story.
The film basically focuses on a single case, Moritz v. Commissioner, which is not one of the most famous cases won by Ginsburg as a lawyer but paved the way for the dismantling of centuries of rulings against women. I particularly enjoyed her scenes with other known characters in the fight for women’s rights, such as Dorothy Kenyon and Mel Wulf from the ACLU.
Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars). The film highlighted this pivotal moment in the life of Ginsburg. By doing so, “On the Basis of Sex” avoided the pitfall common to films with a biographical theme, that is to relay the story of a person from point A to point B. It made us know Ginsburg more than just presenting her life in a linear way.
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