Genre Guesstimation – RBG (2018)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In and it is Documentary Films.

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Documentary Films.

“I ask no favor for my sex, all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The life and work of the second female Supreme Court Justice who is still going strong after over 25 years on the Bench.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite some time and am glad that I finally got the opportunity.

The biggest problem with this film is that it feels much too brief and would be even more enjoyable if it had been expanded since the subject is so comprehensive and it seems as if they need to rush through things and only manage t touch the tip of the iceberg in some cases due to the vast amount of groundbreaking information that RBG has been a part of over the years.

They give a great array of interviews with family, friend and colleagues which helps give the viewer a very personal viewpoint on everything since it also shows how the worldview has been affected by the diligent work of RBG on and off the bench over the years.

They manage to give a great balance between the personal and professional life of this important Judge which allows us to see a very interesting perspective on how she has been able to juggle both work and family life over her decades of service yet still find a way to stay on top of everything along the way.

Would love to eventually see a more expanded documentary about her life and work since she is truly a pivotal figure in the world of equal rights for not just women but for everyone.

Bottom Line – Great film that feels too short. RBG has been able to do so much groundbreaking work over the decades and they manage to just touch upon the tip of it all here.  Great interviews with family, friends and colleagues which helps give the viewer a more personal viewpoint of it all as they also show how the worldview has been changed by the work she has done over the years. The balance of her personal life along with her professional one is presented quite well and gives us a great perspective on both which allows us to see how she has been able to juggle things in life over the decades and still keep on top of everything. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West had both previously worked on projects involving Ginsburg, and in 2015 decided to make a documentary focusing solely on her. In 2016, the duo followed Ginsburg around to various meetings and speeches, including in Chicago and Washington, D.C., for a total of 20 hours, and conducted the face-to-face interview in 2017.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close, but it feels too short for such a comprehensive premise.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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