Excerpt: Later in her years, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) sits in her apartment looking back on her life, both in her political career and her marriage to long-time love Denis (Jim Broadbent) who years after his death is still haunting her.
Conclusion: Though Meryl Streep gives a strong performance, The Iron Lady still manages to be a bit weak as a film. I don't know enough about Margaret Thatcher to be able to say whether this dramatization does her justice, but the only way it could is if her life was jumpy, vague, and dull. It's a well-intentioned effort, but as far as major Oscar winners go, it's rather underwhelming.
Excerpt: With her first two Oscars, Meryl Streep won in a walk. At the end of the 1970s, she was already recognized as one of film's most exciting new talents, and her win as Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer —after sweeping the critics' awards—was a foregone conclusion going into Oscar night. Three years later, she gave what is considered one of the all-time great performances in Sophie's Choice .
Conclusion: Though it may not rank with the best historical biopics, 'The Iron Lady' nevertheless features another mesmerizing performance from Meryl Streep, who justly won her third Oscar for her meticulous, bold portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Phyllida Lloyd's film often falls frustratingly short, as it doesn't get under Thatcher's skin as much as we'd like, jumps around too much, and spends too much time chronicling Thatcher's increasing dementia, thus diluting...
Conclusion: Margret Thatcher's family is said to be disappointed with the Prime Minsiter's portrayal in The Iron Lady . Whatever their own reasons may be, it's clear even to an outsider that the film fails to prioritize its narrative, telling a story of an aged, senile, and hallucinatory Thatcher and only glossing over her political career and accomplishments. The story as-is would have been better served with a more generic character as the lead rather than masquerade as a Biopic.
Excerpt: Iron Lady opens with Margaret Thatcher shoved aside in a convenience store while trying to purchase milk. What seems so insignificant becomes the mental downfall which drives the film. Burdened by the loss of her husband, she hallucinates, bringing him back to life in her own mind. Thatcher, as she was in her driven political days, is too headstrong to admit her health may be failing.
Excerpt: We first meet Margaret Thatcher in the new biopic The Iron Lady in her twilight years--long after her time as British prime minister, just another old lady buying milk. Confused and delusional, she sees (and converses with) her deceased husband, Dennis (Jim Broadbent); though still smart and perceptive, her sense of reality is a little hazy, and she finds her mind wandering into the past. "You can rewind it, but you can't change it," Dennis tells her.
Excerpt: The historical-figure-as-puppet-of-the-past trend that carried through W. (George W. Bush: mostly motivated by daddy issues) and J. Edgar (J. Edgar Hoover: mostly motivated by mommy issues) continues unabated with The Iron Lady , a disappointing look at Margaret Thatcher that never explores the reasoning behind her politics, beyond implying that of course a picked-on grocer’s daughter would be ambitious and unsentimental, with Puritan-stern ideas about paying the bills...