Film Review: The Iron Lady

A magnificent performance from Meryl Streep carries The Iron Lady. The film is well executed in parts, although some may find the assertions cast on Margaret Thatcher, someone who is able to view the film, in poor taste.

Ailing Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is haunted by the spectre of her late husband Denis. As she struggles to focus on contemporary engagements, Baroness Thatcher looks back at her career; a journey that has taken her from grocer’s daughter to the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom…

Margaret Thatcher is a polemical figure, who has plenty of detractors. The Iron Lady seems like an attempt to humanise her. However, the film concentrates heavily on Thatcher’s recent past, and can be distasteful because of the artistic license taken. Although her ill health has been reported, it is rather remiss to suggest that she is plagued by hallucinations. Phyllida Lloyd’s film is a drama based on real events, which makes such assertions rather offensive. It is a shame, as otherwise The Iron Lady boasts great performances, costumes and styling.

Read my full review of The Iron Lady in January’s edition of Studio Magazine.

The Iron Lady New Trailer

Here is the latest trailer for The Iron Lady. It is unclear from the above trailer whether the film hopes to illicit empathy for a much maligned figure, or whether it aims to portray Margaret Thatcher as a courageous, if not likeable character. What is certain is that The Iron Lady appears a vehicle for Streep to garner yet another Oscar nomination. If the film can encapsulate the, ahem, glory of the 1980s, then I would really like to see it. The Iron Lady is released in the UK on 6th January 2012.

The Iron Lady Trailer

Meryl Streep does Maggie Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Judging by the trailer, Streep looks the part. I think we need to see more of her, though, to see if she matches up to the infamous Baroness T. The Iron Lady will be a fascinating one. It will be interesting to see how positive the depiction of the protagonist is, given the strong dislike she invokes in some people. The film is released on 6th January 2012.