She’s one of the baddest mofo’s in the planet and chances are, you don’t know her. And if you think you do, chances are, you really don’t. From her humble beginnings in Brooklyn, to becoming the second female to serve on the Supreme Court. But with that great power and influence, comes a whole lot of responsibility and Ginsberg was not one to sit down and let a fight go untouched. Especially if said fight had something to do with discrimination in any shape or form.
RBG is basically a greatest-hits collection of all the wonderfully powerful and impactful things that Ginsberg has done in her life and it never seems like it wants to be a warts-and-all, which is a good thing and bad thing. For one, it’s a good thing because we get the opportunity to take a sneak-peek inside the life of one of the most influential and powerful women in the world, but we also get to hear just what makes her tick every day and why at age 85, she’s still going.
But it’s also a bad thing because, well, we don’t get a whole lot more than just love and praise, which is fine, too, but it also makes you wonder whether these kinds of politically-charged documentaries can get away with such a clear bias. The closest RBG gets to really saying something negative or wrong about Ginsberg and her career, is how she took it upon herself to criticize President Trump, before he was inaugurated. Was it a blunder on her part? Of course, but could it have been the only one? Maybe.
Or, maybe not.
It’s hard to really tell with RBG because it loves its subject so much and you can hardly blame it. Even though Ginsberg is tiny and literally a fragile little thing to look at, she also has a certain way about her that’s sneaky, sly and altogether incredible. She speaks up for the disenfranchised, isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, and always ready for a little verbal-joust whenever push comes to shove. We know this about her already and we love her for it, because of her being such a puny little specimen.
But the stuff that we don’t know, like her family-life, the problems she had to wade through at work, and her various cancer-scares, this is all something that’s not known and more often than not, a bit of a surprise. But it also helps paint a fuller-picture of who Ginsberg really is; the fearless and unrelenting force that isn’t one to be reckoned with, even if she comes off as small, sweet and downright adorable. But RBG proves that she shouldn’t be underestimated because, well, people did and look what happened to them. And that’s all really RBG is: A showing of who Ginsberg is. It’s telling, insightful and sometimes powerful, but it also feels like it’s way too passive when it comes to her possible missteps.
But maybe that’s just a weird problem I have and nobody else does.
Guys? A little help here?
Consensus: Eye-opening and compelling, RBG reminds us of the wrecking-force that Ginsberg has been as, as well as reminding why she’s such an icon in the first place.
8 / 10
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