Review of RBG


Hayley Royal, Supreme Court Justice

RBG, the 2018 documentary directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, highlights the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The ninety minute film gives new dimensions to the social equality warrior through interviews with individuals that played a role in various stages of the Ginsburg’s life, portraying her now not only as a lawyer or judge, but also as a wife, friend, mother, and daughter.

The documentary successfully describes not only the professional side of Ginsburg, but the personal one as well. Stories told by her childhood friends, children and grandchildren portray her as kind, patient and driven while memories shared by her coworkers depict her as serious and hard working. Both accounts, however, capture the incredible talent of Ginsburg, along with her remarkable passion to create a fair and just country.

Overall, the documentary does a wonderful job of bringing to light not only the tremendous career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but also the struggles of women all over America to gain equal rights and pay in comparison to their male counterparts. In addition to being informative and educational, the film is inspirational and motivational. The closing credits are accompanied by pictures of young girls dressed up as Ginsburg, a perfect summary of all the encouragement Ginsburg has provided to the youngest members of the nation to seek changes for the injustices around them.