Should you see the movie “RBG,” about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg playing at least through Wednesday at Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock?
But don’t just take my recommendation.
I believe the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would also recommend the documentary.
It’s not because he agreed with his High Court colleague. They didn’t agree … a lot.
It’s also very clear they were great friends who shared a love of the law, opera and more.
“…the wonderful love story Ruth and Marty Ginsburg had for more than 50 years until his death.
“RBG” is a very good movie … don’t be put off because it’s a documentary about one of the most liberal justices on our nation’s highest court.
I’ve seen a lot of movies about politics. Some are very heavily slanted and I’m not just talking about Michael Moore’s garbage (that’s a whole other column coming soon).
This one clearly talks about Justice Ginsburg’s opinions placing her on the liberal side of the court and how some of those opinions have given her the Internet nickname the “Notorious RBG” with her fans.
It also features her friendship with Scalia … her idealogical opposite and strict constructionist. The movie shows a clip of the late justice joking about how much they disagree about the law, but shows how well they got along … a lesson for all of us.
It shows criticism of her inappropriate negative comments about then-candidate Donald Trump.
But that’s not the main focus on the documentary.
Much of the documentary focuses on her time before she joined the Supreme Court.
First is how she was encouraged to be able to do anything at a time women were mostly discouraged. That encouragement first came from her family and then her husband.
Second is the wonderful love story Ruth and Marty Ginsburg had for more than 50 years until his death in 2010. They clearly adored each other and regardless of what we may think of someone’s politics, a strong marriage should always be celebrated.
“RGB” is worth seeing.
Third is the legal work she did in the 1970s, winning five of six cases before the Supreme Court that improved equality … mostly for women.
Institutional racial and sexual discrimination in this country needed to change and did decades ago. Ginsberg played an important role.
As the father of three daughters, I respect that work.
I want Rebecca, Lucy and Annika to have the same opportunities as anyone else.
It’s also cool how well she takes care of herself, working out at age 84.
She does pushups, planks, weights and more.
Two of her friends are interviewed and they talk about how they can’t even get down on the floor.
She also shows off the lace collars she wears on her judicial robe and how many different ones she has … including pieces she wears for majority opinions and dissenting opinions.
Most of us in West Texas may disagree with many of Justice Ginsburg’s opinions. But her story is interesting and inspirational.
“RBG” is worth seeing.