Iron Lady (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this movie is overrated. It is good but not great and not completely accurate either.Published 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I saw this with a friend who had not seen it. I was amazed again at Meryl Streep and her ability to be her character in every detail.Published 7 days ago by Marcia Knight
I was a little disappointed by this movie; not because it was bad, but because it wasn't what I expected it to be. This is a biopic about Margaret Thatcher, starting Meryl Streep. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Meryl PLAYED the role of Baroness Thatcher to a T in this dynamic movie. In opinion, next to "Doubt", this was her best performance ever!Published 28 days ago by Juarez Lee-Shelton
Great acting by Meryl Streep, and a great story about a great lady to boot.Published 29 days ago by Nahum R.
Fabulous movie, glad I now own it. Good acting, and it really helped me understand the prime minister's job.Published 1 month ago by Leapardnose