The Iron Lady
Movie: The Iron Lady
- Director: Phyllida Lloyd
- Writers: Phyllida Lloyd
- Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant
- Release Date: January 2012
- Run Time: 105 min
- Genre: Drama, Biography
Tells the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.
Review: Meryl Streep delivers a stupendous performance as Margaret Thatcher under the guidance of Phyllida Lloyd. The pair can evidently work very well together after the success of Mamma Mia. The film goes through the life of Margaret Thatcher beginning as a young Margaret Roberts working at her father’s grocery store and daring to be different as guided by her proud father. A continuous of very well crafted and sewn together flashbacks provide the magnificent story of one of the most famous or infamous one could say women politicians in the world history. Maggie as a non conventional wife with her ever amusing husband Denis by her side, who she still ‘communicates’ with during her dark frail days of dementia. As a Ma as her daughter Carol (Olivia Colman) calls her- we don’t see much of her motherly side, however until her older days she continues to be kind ad understanding.
The political aspect of the Iron Lady, is one of a fighter, a fierce human being; wavering between ethnicism and humanitarianism from the one hand, especially on the early days, and on the other hand a strong conviction and belief that her decisions were for the better. The film does provide an account of the rises and falls of the Thathcerian years and the proud, ostentatious even attitude of Maggie herself. A series of events of the contemporary British History that most of the nation will be able to relate to.
Margaret Thatcher has been a highly debatable figure who received both praise and strong criticism by civilians and political circles. The viewer should not expect the movie to be neither a documentary nor a historical account but rather the days and tales of an extraordinary individual who left her mark in the political history and became a great inspiration for women. Phyllida Lloyd, provides the story of Margaret Thatcher in the most cinematic and theatrical way supported by Meryl Streep’s Oscar standard performance and this is a good enough reason for cine lovers irrelevant of political views and ideologies.
A movie for the young to learn and for the older to rememberan absolute joy of the wide screen! "Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it."