Film Review: The Iron Lady

| 22 December , 2011 | Reply

Director: Phyllidia Lloyd
Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 4.5 / 5

Phyllidia Lloyd directs Meryl Streep again here in The Iron Lady as she did in Mamma Mia. The story of Margaret Thatcher\’s rise in politics is clearly a polar opposite to Abba\’s imprint on our world. Two completely different films that show the diversity of Streep and evidence as to why she will probably be nominated for an Oscar for this role. Under the layers of latex, Streep is barely visible as she takes on the role of Thatcher with gusto and a perfect accent that she obviously took great care to learn.

The historical content has been carefully reconstructed moving from event to event showing us the story behind the scenes from her breaking through the male dominated political arena to the decisions made surrounding the Falklands war. An insight into her personal life is what most attracted me to the film. Her husband\’s role in her life, and her children as she grew ever more present politically, highly illustrates the price one has to pay for being in the spotlight.

The complexities of Thatcher are well documented showing her current situation beset by Alzheimer\’s living a kind of double life half in the present and half in the past. The film moves evenly blending the story taking us back through her life leading up to now and it is told with reverence and respect. Those that experienced the Iron Lady in person may not agree with this adaptation, but cannot deny the amazing accomplishments of this extraordinary woman in a time where women were not even considered important or educated enough to discuss politics at the dinner table.

Streep fans will love her again in this film and the performance of her co-stars is also top-notch.

Never compromise – one should get oneself to the cinema for this film ASAP.

The Iron Lady is in Cinemas on Boxing Day.


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