The Iron Lady (2011).

web-iron-lady07_1359972cl-8Film 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. thatcher-iron-lady
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 / *****

 

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