'These laws are obstacles to our children's aspirations'.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
As Ruth takes on the unwinnable case, fueled by her unwavering belief that people have the right to achieve whatever they wish to achieve free from obstruction of gender stereotypes, you can't help but cheer her on. On the Basis of Sex does well depicting the struggles Ruth faced on all fronts, as she fought the good fight to bring change and justice to all. The film is really one to watch mostly because Ruth's story is completely inspirational. Women and men have always been equally able to achieve greatness in any field but thanks to Ruth, the law changed to allow it.
The actors did well lifting the story from the page, Ruth's feisty character particularly well played by Felicity Jones. Jones and Hammer have great onscreen chemistry. They are able to pull you in and truly make you feel for their characters. The supporting cast consists almost entirely on seasoned greats such as Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates and Justin Theroux. Ruth's daughter Jane, played by 21year old Cailee Spaeny, is also very good.
There were moments during the film that I could not stop shaking my head as I thought about all the progress made by trailblazers like Ruth. Gender equality was at the mercy of an outdated system ruled by a historical bias of a generation who were raised to believe men were better at math and women were too emotional to function. The beauty of equal opportunity is it creates room for knowledge, growth, vision and progressive thinking. A battle won lends hope for other battles of equality.
I believe Ruth Bader Ginsburg is someone worthy of your acquaintance. This film is entirely topical and its delivery is definitely movie ticket worthy. Head to your local cinema from Wednesday the 6th of Feb and grab your tickets!