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On The Basis Of Sex Blu-ray Review


“On The Basis Of Sex” doesn’t do RBG justice.

In this Mimi Leder directed biopic of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the story only covers certain periods and aspects of her life (specifically in the 50’s and 70’s). We learn about her husband (Martin) and children (Jane and James), her time at Harvard Law school, her teaching tenure and her drive to become a lawyer and eventually take on a case titled Moritz v Commissioner that is all about gender equality and sexual discrimination.

For a movie about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it’s rather odd that she isn’t the main focus of “On The Basis Of Sex” for the entirety. For that movie, you should just watch the documentary “RBG” which was the better of the 2 RBG centric 2018 films to be sure. This movie is more focused on her family, the major aforementioned case which was a defining moment in her life and big relevant story themes about sexism, change, discrimination, equality along with standard Hollywood conventions like overcoming obstacles, proving ones self, facing setbacks, and persevering. As poignant as the material is, it comes across as rather dry and cookie cutter while also undercutting RBG’s real inspiring achievements and life. Granted, the movie only focuses on certain subjects and moments, but again, the real life story is so much more awe inspiring than any single moment of this biopic that undersells RBG as an individual and a hero.

The cast does the best they can with the material they are given. Felicity Jones does a fine job of embodying RBG as well as trying to carry the movie through its flawed script. Armie Hammer is frequently a hit-and-miss actor, but thankfully, he’s memorable here (especially whenever he shares the screen with Jones). Rising star Cailee Spaeny continues to make an impression with a scene stealing role as Ruth’s strong and feisty daughter Jane Ginsburg. Look for other notable performances from the likes of Jack Reynor, Justin Theroux, Stephen Root, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston and veteran Chris Mulkey.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The colors appear a little too bright for my taste but it’s a solid transfer nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality 5.1 track.

* Universal/Focus trailers
* Digital copy
* “A Supreme Team: Making On The Basis Of Sex” contains behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, discussions about the project, film clips, etc.
* “Legacy Of Justice”- A 3 minute featurette on RBG’s legacy and achievements.
* “Martin And Ruth: A Loving Partnership”- A featurette on the marriage of Martin and Ruth.

April 5, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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