Opening in theatres this week from director Phyllida Loyd, Film4 and Canal+ comes a history about “The Iron Lady”.
This film tells the story of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), looking back on her life remembering the events that made her England’s first female Prime Minister. Remembering as a young woman watching her father fight for the rights of the citizenry, Margaret catches the bug.
It doesn’t take long before she finds herself in Parliament where she meets husband Denis (Jim Broadbent) who supports everything she does. Raising a family and serving her term, Margaret takes on the power, the men and reaches the seat of Prime Minister.
If she thought it was difficult to get to be Prime Minister, nothing prepared her for how difficult it really would be to stay. As the memories come flooding back, Margaret Thatcher is and always will be one of the most respected women in history.
FINAL WORD: Streep once again puts in a powerful performance as Margaret Thatcher. It is so interesting that an American would play this historical woman. Watching the performance I quickly forgot that it wasn’t Thatcher in front of me. Streep is an actress that can always be counted on to carry a film beautifully and once again, she has done so.
Broadbent is absolutely lovely as husband Denis. His one-liners and jokes are really funny. What is even more delightful is the obvious relationship between Margaret and Denis. I truly enjoyed watching his performance in this film.
That being said I can’t give the same thumbs up to the film as a whole. The performances are simply on point but the story fluxes in and out. It doesn’t mean the film isn’t worth seeing, but the story covers the successes of Thatcher and glosses over the problems with her relationships.
Everything just pops up one thing at a time without explanation for why or offers a reason for an emotional investment by the viewer. It is Streep’s performance that keeps the film afloat.
Other cast include: Anthony Head as Geoffrey Howe, Iain Glen as Alfred Roberts, Richard E. Grant as Michael Heseltine, Olivia Colman as Carol, and Roger Allman as Gordon Reece.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Iron Lady” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Streep is this movie clearly. She carries the role and the film with dignity, and even a little humor. It is an interesting look at the life of a woman who, no one will argue, made history.
In the end – never compromise.