Film starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, based on the life of the late longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century.
The film is shown from the perspective of an elderly dementia-ridden Thatcher as she looks back on her time in office and is unsure whether the presence of her late husband Denis is real or just a figment of her waning mind.
My knowledge of the Thatcher regime is embarrassingly poor (mostly gleaned from upper-middle class parents growing up during the regime’s years and proclaiming it to be a success) but even from a totally naive perspective such as mine, the storyline seemed very solid – putting its point across while covering all that needs to be covered and not turning the whole story into a documentary.
While there were plenty of strong acting performances, that is what commends the film for those of us who aren’t 150% clued up on the Thatcher regime. The image of an elderly Thatcher (Streep again…) as she battles dementia was commendable, and rather moving too.
Something that can be seen from the Thatcher regime is that everyone has different perspectives, but most importantly it shows that a woman can be in political power. Girl power at its best. A good film all the same, with Broadbent once again proving that he is good at playing a character in someone’s mind.
MY RATING: **.5 / *****