Saturday, July 28, 2018

Day 22: Movie Review - RBG

4 Stars. (Rotten Tomatoes has this rating at 94%)

I didn't want to miss this film. I'm glad I didn't.

I've been watching The West Wing and every type of political and legal drama that comes out of America. I think this has fostered a keen interest in political and judicial processes. I will admit, I'm the person you want to watch the election coverage with. Politics is fun. Think of me as a modern day Madame DeFarge.

As a political junkie with a keen interest in both American politics and the constitution, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reputation was well known to me and I was keen to learn and see more. This documentary provides bucket loads about this feminist and civil rights poster girl, who has been out there, fighting a good fight since the fifties. Now in her mid-eighties she still resides on the Supreme Court bench and there is no stopping her. She's become a cult figure around the world. A bespectacled pocket rocket of a grandmother who has become the last bastion of sanity in this bizarre era of Trumpian Politics and fake news.

For those who don't know anything about this wonderful woman - here are a few facts:

  • She was one of the first women admitted to Harvard Law.
  • She's short.
  • She's Jewish.
  • She loves opera.
  • She was born and grew up in Brooklyn.
  • Bill Clinton chose her for Supreme Court Judge in the early eighties.
  • When she was studying law, she was also looking after a toddler and a sick husband.
  • She was married for nearly sixty years to an amazing man.
  • In her early legal career, she brought some of the first sexual discrimination cases to the Supreme court - and won most of these cases.
  • She planks like a boss.
  • And she is the grandmother everybody would want to have.
This is an entertaining and enlightening look at one amazing woman, who for most of the last sixty years has been a beacon for women's and civil rights in America.

Her quiet, sensible presence hides a ferocious intellect and a wicked sense of humour.

Through interviews with her, along with colleagues, friends and family a portrait of this iconic figure is painted. I found myself smiling, sometimes welling up, are regularly fist-pumping through the two hours of this wonderful documentary.

The world is a lot better place for having this woman in it.

This is essential viewing for anybody with a passing interest in woman's right's, feminism, American politics or who likes to watch a true iconoclast in action.

RBG is a wonderful documentary which will leave you feeling that maybe, just maybe, if we had a few more of these spectacular people, the world would be a better place. 

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