The Iron Lady
A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.
......nah, I'll just rewatch Spitting Image again.
And when will the Academy realise that impersonating someone really well is not the same as acting really well?
The name Margaret Thatcher elicits a strong reaction for any British person over a certain age, and that reaction is normally one of seething hatred. It is for this reason that any film chronicling her life would always be divisive. To counter this the politics have been sidelined (to the point where most of her major and career defining decisions are relegated to borderline offensive musical montages) in favour of capturing the undying romance between Margaret and Dennis. It is an oversimplification of a life deserving of greater scrutiny but even removing audience prejudice it still seems incredibly trite.
The film doesn’t exactly whitewash history but rather isn’t particularly interested in dwelling on it. Instead we get chronological snapshots and…
Exactly what were they thinking with this one? They made a whole movie about the most boring parts of Thatcher's life.
Instead of her rockstar political career we get to see her organize something or other during the war and act confused and silly as an old bat. Who cares that she went senile in her later years? It's totally irrelevant, she had retired and withdrawn from public life at that point, it's her own damn business if she pissed herself or thought that the maid was stealing her jewelry. Reagan had Alzheimer's while in office, now that's an idea for a movie.
Watching one of her speeches to parliament on youtube is infinitely more entertaining than this.
One of the worst spin-offs ever made. Doesn't even have Robert Downey Jr. appear in a cameo role.
An A-level quality video precis of a portion of Maggie's career (excluding anything to do with Ron Reagan, amazingly), cut with scenes of an (admittedly impressive) A-list Hollywood star pretending to be my dear demented Nan... muddled. A cynic would say it was attempting to emotionally manipulate the audience into thinking she was human.
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“How much is the milk?” asks the frail old lady as she approaches the cashier.
“49p,” he responds.
Her face drops. She looks horrified. She shouldn’t look too horrified though, that’s Thatcherite economics in action! The film gets no better from there…
Okay, so I was hoping to have a massive rant about how this film misleads its viewers and tricks them into thinking that Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first – and only – female Prime Minister, was a wonderful woman who fought against the ingrained…
If The Iron Lady proves one thing, it's what an amazing actress Meryl Streep can be. We already knew that, of course, but here she disappears completely into some of the best old-age makeup I've ever seen. I had to look it up to make sure it was actually her. Her performance is standout even in a history of remarkable performances. The movie itself isn't much of a primer on Thatcher's life and deals superficially with many events I'm only vaguely familiar with. The focus of the movie is Thatcher as a retired Prime Minister struggling to stay relevant to the world while seeing hallucinations of her dead husband - a focus that seems to have put a lot of people off, understandably, but I kind of liked it. Not the most exciting film, but a great performance. Script by Abi Morgan (Shame)
it is a showcase of MERYL STREEP talents who sails comfortably through the history revision but then does wonders with all the old senile senior scenes.
Pocas veces empiezo a ver una película y no la termino. Pero ésta no es ninguna película. Es una serie de montajes sin sentido. Neto, ¿qué es esto?
I'm not one to follow politics closely, never mind conservative political icons from another generation. However, I didn't watch this flick for its subject, only for the Streep's performance, which is quite enjoyable.
Loved the film. Really enjoyable biopic, regardless of how it does portray Mrs. Thatcher. Streep is remarkable, and the story of her rise and fall is interesting and engaging having lived through part of the time I could relate to certain events like the Falklands.
Of late not seen much in terms of good films, this is one of the better ones.
The general reviews I'd seen for this movie kept putting me off, but it still stayed on my wishlist. Unfortunately when I did get around to watching it, I was disappointed - the trailer made the movie look a lot better than it actually was.
I understand they wanted to compare and contrast between her election as PM, and her decline into fragility in recent years - but the jumping back and forth really peeved me off and I would have enjoyed it more as a linear story rather than hallucinations and flashbacks. The film makes heavy (and I think, lazy) use of news footage from key events to string it all together.
In short - if you're interested, skip the movie and go check out a documentary, you'll likely get more out of it.
The last thing I wanted to see was a fawning political polemic about a great tory leader. Scratch that, a well made fawning political polemic about a great tory leader. Luckily the film is at best a by the numbers biopic. The film avoids asking any difficult questions. At one laugh out loud moment a radio report is turned off when coverage switches from her supporters to her detractors. The film has as much political insight as a GCSE assignment that has been poorly plagiarized from Wikipedia.
This is one half of the film with the second half following The Baroness in her dotage. We see a lonely, octogenarian, decrepit Baroness aimlessly milling around her home reflecting on her life.…