“…Jones exudes the essence of girl power in all its glory, capturing Ruth’s intellect, grace and conviction.”
According to the law, he was not entitled to receive a caretaker tax credit because bachelors are not considered caretakers. Why should this man be penalized for being a good son to his ailing mother? The prosecution’s argument is laughably small-minded, staking validation in the fact that these gender roles have existed for hundreds of years. Not only that, but they act like these limitations were established to take burdens off of women’s shoulders. It is enraging to fathom (as the audience’s grumbles attest). Ginsberg’s rebuttal is epic, and viewers rejoice with ecstatic applause when she states her case. There was a palpable feeling in the air, and resounding cheers echoed through the theater as the film concluded.
Jones and Hammer are absolutely mesmerizing. Jones exudes the essence of girl power in all its glory, capturing Ruth’s intellect, grace and conviction. Hammer charms as Martin, the kind of man who can be equally strong, caring and vulnerable. Their relationship shows us how men and women excel when they see each other as equals and work as a team. On the Basis of Sex is the kind of invigorating and hopeful film that we desperately need during these trying and frustrating times. We are reminded to listen to each other, respectfully fight for justice, and reasonably reassess laws based on today’s values.
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Directed by Mimi Leder. Written by Daniel Stiepleman. Starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Stephen Root, Cailee Spaeny.
10 out of 10 stars