A good documentary is one which keeps you hooked from start to finish. Yes, this one scores fairly high on that. With great commentary and narration from veteran news reporters who reigned the news airwaves in the 80s, the viewer is given a brief history of The Iron Lady's rise, her reign, and her downfall.
Margaret Thatcher was a lesson to all that came after her. This dvd highlights the aspects of her formative years that led her into politics and covers most junctions of her years at Downing Street. It doesn't matter how you feel about her, because the film doesn't necessarily serenade her as much as it tells a story of a remarkable woman in a man's world. A determined politician with a vision, who surely did not foresee her exit from the top seat in the manner that awaited her.
Now I do know that Margaret Thatcher has to rank as one of the best ever orators. Regardless of your political inclinations, anytime she spoke on television or radio she got your attention. Though I was at an age when politics didn't mean much, I did listen to her speeches attentively and marvel at her sheer eloquency, delivery, and total authority. And here's the trick - without losing any of her femininity!
And this is what I think this dvd should have featured but didn't. At 90 minutes' duration, the documentary is way too short to cover the rise and fall of a ground breaking Prime Minister. I also feel they should have included one of her annual conference speeches, at least as an extra feature. This would've been a revelation for people who weren't around at that time to see that side of her, ultimately that of a commander.