RGB is a documentary about the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a shy law student who worked her way up to the top and has become an icon for women in the United States and in government.
As someone who is familiar with the Justice’s internet fame, I never really knew her story and I had no idea how much she accomplished for women to get equal rights, winning five out of six cases that she argued in front of the Supreme Court. She’s also known as the “dissenter,” her dissents on cases are a huge part of her legacy and are where many her convictions lie. So, she deserves to be a pop culture icon, especially for women, and has rightfully earned the nickname “The Notorious RBG,” a spin on the famous rapper, The Notorious B.I.G.
As a lawyer, she was never taken seriously because she was a woman, and her husband, Martin, was her fieriest supporter and helped land her position on the Court. Their relationship was a highlight in the film. We also get to see a human side of Ginsburg like her love of the opera, her working out, talking with her granddaughter.
In terms of a documentary, there is nothing special in the way it was shot and it isn’t as touching as Won’t You Be My Neighbor. But it is an important story on how Justice Ginsburg contributed to women’s history in America and I thank her for that, and I also wish I had known of her impact sooner.
There will also be a biopic released about Justice Ginsburg called On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones coming out later this year, so now that I’ve seen this documentary – it’s definitely a film I cannot wait to see.
I give RGB a B.