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The Iron Lady

A 2011 film directed by Phyllida Lloyd

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Streep is great

  • Apr 12, 2012
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Meryl Streep stars in this bio pic of Margaret Thatcher as the elderly lady, suffering from dementia, remembers key moments of her past. We see young Margaret, a grocer’s daughter, in her first political campaign, when she meets her beloved husband (later played by Jim Broadbent), and her eleven years as Prime Minister with its struggles and triumphs; but mostly, we see her deteriorating health and increasing frailty.

I was absolutely stunned by Streep’s impersonation of Thatcher; aided by incredibly believable make-up, she looks and sounds just like her and gives a thrilling performance. It is an example of the finest acting and I’m glad she was rewarded with an Oscar, but I wish the role had been played by a British actress instead. Jim Broadbent, as Denis Thatcher, plays his usual, jovial character and, while very likable, reminded me of silly Horace Slughorn from ‘Harry Potter.’

The script was underwhelming in scenes depicting Thatcher’s public life, but it was excellent in the very moving scenes of her current life as a delicate, rather pathetic, old lady. All in all, I enjoyed it but think it could have been better.
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April 12, 2012
Thank you. I'm still interested in seeing this for Streep's performance but you are convincing that it should be approached with lowered expectations.
 
April 12, 2012
I am still unsure if I should see this one. Everyone seems to like it because of Streep, but I am not sure if that would be enough for me. Nice one, Kona!
April 12, 2012
I'd heard that, too. I got it on Netflix, so it was painless. Her acting is superb, but I was always aware she was acting. I think if a British actress had the part, it would be even better.
 
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review by . April 18, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
A Quivering Bowl of Jello
Never saw this movie when it came to the big screen but saw it on the list for a cable channel last week so I thought I would watch it.  As Margaret Thatcher just died, I wondered if this movie would be a tribute to the one of the longer tenured PM's of Britain and the first female PM. Was I in for a shock!      The great actress, Meryl Streep, visually portrayed the lady well with the assistance of the superb make up artists and hair stylists and the sets were wonderful. …
review by . January 14, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I thought Viola Davis had the Oscar race all to herself and was guaranteed to win for her role in The Help, until I saw Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. Of course its expected for Streep to be amazing in any movie, but I did not think anyone would take the Oscar from Viola Davis this year. And I was wrong. Meryl's completed dominance of this film is beyond amazing. I sat spellbound watching her. I came home and read some of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and was surprised at the reaction to the film. …
review by . January 09, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The Streep Show
THE IRON LADY Written by Abi Morgan Directed by Phyllida Lloyd Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Alexandra Roach   Margaret Thatcher: It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.   In 2009, Margaret Thatcher attended the unveiling of her own portrait as British Prime Minister, held at her former office, London’s 10 Downing Street. Phyllida Lloyd’s THE IRON LADY supposes it knows Thatcher’s frame of mind in the time …
review by . January 15, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
When I first heard about THE IRON LADY, I was eager to see the movie. I am a child of the 1980s and because of that I will always respect and admire Margaret Thatcher. As a kid, I remember seeing her on tv and listening to some of her speeches. I liked what I heard. She was the only current foreign leader I knew anything about until around fifth grade. As the first (and so far only) female Prime Minister of Great Britain, it wasn't until years later that I realized how extraordinary Thatcher's …
review by . December 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Mark my words: Meryl Streep’s work in The Iron Lady will earn her an Oscar nomination. But don’t make the mistake of believing it was preordained, stemming solely from the idea that it’s fashionable to nominate her. It will happen because, true to her chameleon-like ability to virtually disappear into any role, she truly does give one of the year’s best performances as Margaret Thatcher, who made history in 1979 by becoming …
Quick Tip by . May 10, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Again, I watched it on the plane. The Iron Lady the movie portrays the world of Margaret Thatcher after she was ousted by her party and her early rise to power. This is the first woman leader in the developed countries and her beliefs about what a man/woman can do for his/her country. She's both a legend and a legacy.
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