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What I got, though, left me empty. The role of Thatcher was certainly well performed by Streep and there is nothing for me to add from what others have stated and will state. I'm sure she will obtain another Oscar nomination. If that is all that interests you in movie going, then enjoy! But for those of you with more of an intellectual side, I would suggest waiting for the DVD to rent.
The central problem I believe is that the makers wanted to portray the strong, independent woman, but I have to believe that they dislike her politics and they could not allow a movie viewer the opportunity to agree with the conservatism of Thatcher-especially in a presidential election year. They missed no chance to attach a failure (implied or factual) for any Thatcher success and if that wasn't enough, they portrayed her as a lonely, dementia suffering, old woman for whom time has left behind and for whom the political world has completely forgotten. Here is what troubled me the most; this is a movie about an important political ally for whom one would be ashamed to show the movie to that person. Well, one Should be ashamed anyways.
What also troubles me is that Streep has too much say so in her movies at this stage of her career. She should have stepped in and said, "Enough with these hallucinations, let's show more of this woman's actual career!" Too bad she did not.
The story of Thatcher's life is told through a series of flashbacks experienced by the woman long after she left office as the British prime minister with the longest tenure of the 20th century, and its first woman PM. We see how she entered politics, met her husband, rose to power, earned the Iron Lady nickname, and was pushed from office by her own party. For those unfamiliar with her life and politics, it's educational, at least superficially. An attempt is made to deviate from the straightforward biopic format by having Thatcher's mind failing during her old age, resulting in hallucinations about her deceased husband punctuating the film. This device is effective, but still, this is not a great film. It's a not-quite-conventional movie about the life of one historical figure, made interesting primarily by Streep's stunning ability to inhabit her subject, and thereby not only cause us to appreciate Streep's art, but also feel at least a little compassion for an aging woman no longer in power.
That being said, "The Iron Lady" is neither a "crown jewel" nor a "feather in her cap."
There must have been a powerful draw to portray Dame Margaret Thatcher, the first (and so far, only) female Prime Minister of Great Britain. But when I think of recent "real-life" biopics like "Ray" or "The King's Speech" (or even "Julie & Julia", which featured Streep as famed Chef Julia Child), "The Iron Lady" falls short. Far short.
The film is anchored in a recent time - with Mrs. Thatcher an old widow, at least a little demented and frequented by hallucinations of her dead husband, played by Jim Broadbent in maybe the film's best performance. The rest of the film is told in clumsy flashbacks, but always returns to doddering old Maggie - Ms. Streep under an often distractingly bad pile of makeup. Old Margaret shuffles around the house, looks confused, stares out the window, and absolutely sucks any life from the narrative. (Here the fault lies not with Ms. Streep, but with the screenplay and direction. And perhaps editor. Was there no one putting the final product together who looked at "the forest" and noticed "hey... we've got about half of the running time devoted to old Margaret shuffling around, getting in and out of bed, etc.?Read more ›
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Meryl Streep is terrific but query whether the movie's focus on Thatcher's decline into dementia is really the right way to depict the great Margaret Thatcher.Published 1 day ago by JDC
Yet another great performance by Meryl Streep!! She becomes whoever she portrays, accents included:)Published 3 days ago by Jeanine Browne
I believe some people expected a straight biography with this picture and this is not what it is. An interesting movie about a very interesting lady at several points in her life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pluto33
I am a fan of Margaret Thatcher, and I have always been interested in learning more about her time as Prime Minister. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty good but I didn't like the format of switching from the current to the past and back again.Published 2 months ago by Michael Bonenberger
Meryl Streep is excellent, but sometimes difficult to understand. The movie is dry, but educational and helps you to have a new appreciation for Margaret Thatcher!Published 2 months ago by Nicolle Perry