Based on the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rise to notoriety, “On the Basis of Sex” is an inspirational film about fighting for equality under the law.
The film starts out following Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything” 2014, “Rogue One” 2016), as she studies at Harvard Law School and struggles to find a job as an attorney because of her gender.
She gains an opportunity to challenge this discrimination when her husband, Martin Ginsburg, played by Armie Hammer (“The Social Network” 2010, “Call Me by Your Name” 2017), begins working on a groundbreaking tax case involving gender-based discrimination of a man.
Together, Ruth and Martin use the case to attack the legality of gender discrimination and establish a new precedent for equality.
The portrayal of events in the movie is largely historically accurate, which adds to its realism. This accuracy is also demonstrated in the music choice and costume design, which are both specific to the era in which they occur.
While the plot is a bit slow at parts, it contains enough tension to hold the viewers’ interest. This slowness also allows for a more intimate focus on Ginsburg’s struggles.
Additionally, the film has incredible acting, as the emotions and personalities of the characters are highly accurately portrayed. Jones excellently portrays Ginsburg and her strength and drive.
Thematically, the film presents a moving portrayal of the start of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successful career of breaking down gender barriers.