RBG Review: The Accomplished Mind

Submitted 7 months ago
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Dan Davis

Film Review

    RBG is a documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court Associate Justice since 1993, a lawyer, and advocate for Women’s Rights. The documentary follows her extraordinary career from humble beginnings to being one of the few women to graduate from Cornell and Harvard Law School. The film shows Ginsburg as a very caring, concerned, and interesting person, whom, most of all, wants to do what’s right for her country. After watching this informative film, you, too, will learn a lot more about Justice Ginsburg.

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    RBG is structured as a traditional documentary, and as the film opens, we are treated to a shot of people around the WhiteHouse while classical music plays. When we first see Ginsburg, she is shown working out in a gym, something she does every day. Ginsburg’s story in this film is outlined around her 1993 Supreme Court confirmation hearing where she details experiences from childhood, with actual footage and photos of a young Ruth. It is from here we learn about Ginsburg as an actual person, particularly her relationship with her mother, who died when she was 17, and how she met her husband Martin (Marty) Ginsburg, and their loving and supportive relationship.

    The documentary includes interviews with family and friends, as well as Gloria Steinem, former President Bill Clinton, Senator Orin Hatch, and many colleagues. Each of these people praise Ginsburg, not just for her judicial skills, but also her social interactions, her more liberal point of views, and especially, her friendliness towards others. One example is her relationship with former Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia is highlighted because, despite their political differences, they were able to become good friends, even attending operas together, and playing tennis. Ginsburg is shown to have a good sense of humor, laughing at her Saturday Night Live parodies, and accepts her current popularity and memes, such as Notorious RBG. Justice Ginsburg’s political dissents have been well documented, not agreeing with the courts opinions on some notable cases, and yet,  we also see a very, warm and lighthearted individual shine through her fierce legal mind.

    The way the images throughout Ginsburg’s life are used is very meticulously put together and impressive. These visuals are framed to fit whatever the interviewer or Justice Ginsburg are addressing in the film and makes for a very polished documentary. Ginsburg is presented in a calm, serious fashion, but her passion still shines through. It is a really fascinating look into Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s influence on our society and her extremely successful career in spite of the odds. I can’t recommend seeing this film enough.


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