The Iron Lady 2011

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A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.

Starring:
Anthony Head, Jim Broadbent
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Anthony Head, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Ross, Richard E. Grant, Meryl Streep
Director Phyllida Lloyd
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 28 May 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kilbey on 29 Jan 2013
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I guess when a film maker takes on an ambitious project like this they know they won't please everyone. On the whole it works very well, the positives are: Meryl Streep (stunning), the whole cast, the feeling of time 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's caught so well. Negatives: A lot of suppostion and as much a view of the effects of dimentia as a biography. So some things are guesswork and may or not be accurate. Well worth seeing from whatever shade of the political divide you may be, it made me rethink a few assumptions I had about my view of the events of that time.
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120 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Carl Spencer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2012
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I can't understand all the negative reviews for this film. I can only assume that people are writing out of bitterness for what Thatcher did whilst in Government, or bitterness that she's been portrayed with a weakness by the film. At its core, this movie isn't about party politics, or policy decisions, or whether what Thatcher did was right or wrong - it makes no judgements at all - but rather it is about Margaret Thatcher as a woman and as a human being.

The story is focused on a present day Margaret Thatcher, suffering from mild dementia and portrayed as a woman somewhat out of her time period. Through her illness, she experiences flashbacks of her past and her rise and fall in politics. We see her go from promising young politician from an ordinary background, to a female MP trapped in the world of men, to a pioneering Prime Minister, to someone who has been in power too long and begins to lose her way.

Whatever you might think of Margaret Thatcher and her Government, the point of this film is to portray the woman as honestly as possible and, for the most part, it achieves that. It isn't a Conservative, Liberal or Labour fuelled film and it isn't anti or pro Maggie. It allows the viewer to make up their own mind.

The key to the movie is the older present day Maggie. We see a woman suffering from dementia and virtually alone. She has a slightly wayward daughter and a son who doesn't give a damn about her - symptoms of a life putting politics first. Meryl Streep's portrayal is exquisite. For most of the film, and particularly the modern day segments, you'll often forget that this is even an actress playing a part and get sucked in entirely.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2013
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After watching 'The Iron Lady' on television recently, I enjoyed it enough to buy it on DVD.

Whilst I am no supporter of Margaret Thatcher, I found this a fantastic film. Meryl Streep's performance was indeed worthy of an Oscar and her portrayal of the former Prime Minister (1979-1990) was uncanny. To watch the Iron Lady battle her way through life with dementia truly moved me, politics aside, I felt for her as a human being. Jim Broadbent was also excellent as Thatcher's deceased husband Dennis. As for the ending, I confess that I did have a tear in my eye.

It has to be said that if you require greater knowledge of Thatcher's time at No. 10, you would be better off watching a documentary instead (I highly recommend BBC's 'The Downing Street Years'). This is because the viewer doesn't really find out about that side of things, famous events like the miners' strike are touched upon all to briefly.

Having said that, Meryl Streep is fantastic and I really enjoyed 'The Iron Lady'. The film does go out of it's way to portray Thatcher in a sympathetic light but also reminds the viewer at times of the hurt and human damage that a lot of her policies caused people and whole communities across the country.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anthony Wilde on 7 May 2012
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In many ways this is a perplexing film. On the one hand we are led to see it as the nostalgic reminiscences of a now lonely old lady with mental health problems. This could and would be touching if that woman were not Margaret Thatcher. If we are given to understand that her life in politics was a cause of her missing so much of life which she now yearns for, then I find it very difficult to sympathise. I can't help thinking of those 100s of young Argentinian and British men and women that had to sacrifice their lives in an unneccessary war so that she might get re-elected. Or the mining communities that were decimated by her arrogant policies. How many lives has this woman blighted? Is it not the case that her policies were the seeds which grew into the tree of unregulated banking greed which ultimately led to the crisis we now all suffer under?

On the other hand it is also an attempt to portray her as succeeding in a man's world against almost overwhelming odds. The truth is that Thatcher succeeded in a man's world by adopting the worst traits of masculinity and getting away with it because she was a woman: belligerence, arrogance, and the cold attempt to seperate the heart from the mind. She has set feminist causes back God knows how many years.

When she accepts Dennis's offer of marriage the young Margaret tells him that she is 'not the kind of woman that can end her life washing cups.' (Or something like this. I have no intention to watch it again.) 'That's why I want to marry you.' Well the final scene shows a frail and lonely Margaret washing her own solitary tea cup with a look of confusion and regret on her face. Poignent? It perhaps could be if again one did not feel that the person who is being depicted is not blame-free.
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