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 The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
It seems we can't just can't have a normal biographical movie anymore without flashbacks. The flashback style is done for the purpose of showing us how events in someone's past effected their later decisions. Seeing the retired senile Margaret Thatcher was really unnecessary to this film. Can you imagine a Reagan biography starting out with a senile Reagan not knowing he is no longer president and talking to dead people? Unfortunately the senility scenes are needed so we can get to know the character of Marget Thatcher because the main biography part is poorly done with an over abundance of "red meat" sound bites.

To make matters worse, the film then employs this technique during the flashback so there is a flashback within the flashback.

I liked the young Margaret Roberts (Alexandra Roach) growing up in a man's world where the expectations of women were to stay out of business and politics. Her bucking the system was inspirational and it would have been a better film had we seen more of this and less of Margaret thinking her husband was still alive.

The meat of the film picks up when she is the Education Secretary of the conservative party. England is facing a union strike crippling the nation. Marget doesn't like her party's leadership and decides to run for the leader of the Conservative Party. She correctly places herself in the hands of professions who tweak her for national appeal, including working on her shrill voice...but she keeps the pearls.

The movie relates to today. England was in a recession and people couldn't pay their mortgage. Margret wanted to cut government spending in the midst of a recession contrary to everyone else, including her own party who worries about re-election.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kilbey on 29 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
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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121 of 141 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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