Let’s start with the obvious: RBG is about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and with that comes a certain level of filmmakers “preaching to the choir.” However, politics aside, the Oscar-nominated documentary is pretty straight-forward, informative, and surprisingly upbeat, especially considering its 85-year-old subject matter. But let’s be honest, this is no ordinary octogenarian. Regardless of where you lean politically, you have to admit, this grandma is a force to be reckoned with! From her obsession with Opera to sleeping less than two hours a night to her fancy-as-hell jabot collection (those are those collars judges wear) to laughing at Kate McKinnon’s ridiculous SNL impression of her, the Notorious R.B.G. is fascinating to watch.
I also found myself appreciating the documentary’s interviews with prominent conservative politicians like Orrin Hatch and Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, who (while he vehemently disagreed with Ginsburg’s political views) saw her as an equal and a friend.
But what might be the most important part of this documentary is how it highlights Ginsburg’s unprecedented law career and her tireless campaign for EQUALITY. One minute she is fighting for women’s rights, the next, she is taking on a case about discrimination against men in the workplace. Because… how smart is that? And with our current obsession with trial by social media, it is nice to be reminded how real judges in real courts prepare and present cases.
In conclusion, I don’t think you have to go to theater to see this one, but if you get a chance, rent it, stream it. It’s worth checking out. However, when it comes to the Oscar… it’s never going to beat FREE SOLO. :) #rbg