Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Iron Lady

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Coleman, Richard E Grant

"What we think is what we become. And I think I am fine." The Iron Lady

A biopic about Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the longest serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century. Told in flashback, we see her rise from grocer’s daughter (Alexandra Roach) to Conservative MP, the nation’s supremo, then lonely old lady. The widowed Baroness Thatcher is now assailed by memories that tell her that her husband still lives and that she remains the prime minister reflects on her past life. Plenty archival footage to contextualize a rather sentimental narrative which unfortunately covers too wide a time span for much expose but there are some revealing glimpses into the Iron Lady, for all that. Credible performances throughout from the superb cast. Jim Broadbent is just outstanding as husband, Dennis (The Menace) Thatcher. Tipped for Oscars, I would hope personal hair and makeup designer; J. Roy Helland will be recognised. Thatcherites or otherwise this is worth a view.

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