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A movie that floats on an atmosphere of admiration, but also one that solidly appreciates what it is like to be a pioneer for social change.
Though the film does play it safe, and falls to a formulaic narrative, the flaws are less within the film itself than in our expectation of what we want it to tell us.
With few modifications, "On the Basis of Sex" could have been made 30 years ago, and its rousing portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg would be a cheesy tearjerker with purpose. Today, it's out of touch.
For those not blessed with such courageous figures, Ginsburg's story will be especially inspirational, making it relatively easy to forgive a few manipulative and melodramatic touches in the telling.
The conventional connect-the-dots approach and less-than-ideal casting of the leading role keep the film from being something more than a proficient but ordinary account of an extraordinary career.
On the Basis of Sex is the kind of invigorating and hopeful film that we desperately need during these trying and frustrating times.
Felicity Jones dazzles as the iconic Justice Ginsburg during a compelling and inspirational chapter in the life of an inspiring woman. If prompting us to be better and work harder is cinematic cliche, then, yes, On The Basis of Sex is full of them.
Ginsburg, along with her husband and occasional legal partner, Martin Ginsburg, is presented as practically perfect in every way. While she may very well be, that makes for a boring film.
Mimi Leder has crafted a solid biopic - not just for the modern era, but for future generations who will carry on the torch of Ginsburg's wisdom, tenacity, and humanity.
On the Basis of Sex turns Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Felicity Jones)'s life into an electrifying courtroom drama, including all the prep.
On the Basis of Sex brings the story of one woman to the forefront, reminding us of the work that still needs to be done.
A limited, often idealistic window into Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life but it's one that conveys the significance of singular victories and the cumulative effect that leads to longterm change, and Felicity Jones aces every step of that journey as Ginsburg.
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