On The Basis of Sex might be about the living legend that is Ruth Bader Ginsburg but it as equally about her partnership with her husband Martin Ginsburg and her fight for women’s right. It’s interesting that this film comes just a few months after the extremely popular and acclaimed documentary. It’s also interesting that On The Basis of Sex was written by Ginsburg nephew so it has this little extra thing about it.
I think the problem with this film is that it fails to do justice to a women who shaped a lot of our world today. Whether we know it or not, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the main reason as to why women have rights today, she fought for us and she did so much for her. The problem is that On The Basis of Sex isn’t always able to convey that fact. It tries and does a good job but it just fails a little short.
But it doesn’t mean it’s not a good film. Acted in a superb way by Felicity Jones who does such a stellar job. I also have to give a shout out to the make up who honestly aged Jones in a perfect way and made her look even more like Ginsburg. The chemistry between her and Armie Hammer is impeccable.
On The Basis of Sex feels a little bit like a sport movie. The ending especially takes your breath away with a speech that is built to make you cry. It’s a final that is maybe the most RBG thing of the whole movie. I did love the last shot of Felicity Jones’ Ruth transitioning to the real life RBG.