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

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

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118 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Carl Spencer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Wood on 23 Jan 2013
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This film was not at all what I was expecting. It should have been called something like Margarent and Dennis. The vast majority of the film portrays Margaret Thatcher as an old frail forgetful woman going about her daily life and having illusions of seeing and hearing Dennis and having conversations with him, mainly in the present day. How can anyone claim to have the insight to portray this, let alone at such length? The story of her life in politics is totally secondary and is portrayed in brief cliched snapshots. I thought this would be a portrayal of her life in politics, how she got there, the main events of her premiership but they are glossed over. I've given it two stars for Meryl Streep but again the film just seems a contrivance for her to get an Oscar - for portraying a great woman now reduced to the early stages of Alzheimers. And they don't have the decency to release something like this when she is dead! How humiliating. I felt embarrassed and felt myself cringeing at the portrayal of her. I did not come away thinking of the contrast between how strong she was to how she is (supposedly) now because the film did not depict her strength enough. Terrible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AndyAdams on 4 Feb 2013
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The film directors decided to concentrate a significant part of the movie to Mrs Thatchers current state of mental health, or lack thereof. Throughout we are constantly taken back and forth between her imaginary conversations with her husband Dennis (who died some time ago) and her younger life.

I must say however that Meryl Streep played Mrs Thatcher perfectly
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 10 Jan 2013
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Margaret Thatcher is a Marmite sort of person - either loved or loathed. Personally, I think she was the best Prime Minister since Churchill but that, as I say is purely a personal observation, nor do I expect everyone to agree with it.

So does this film do the lady justice? Well ... no, I don't think it does. Not that I'm knocking Meryl Streep or Jim Broadbent who are magnificent actors. No, I believe the film is too fragmented, jumping to and from one situation after another. It dwells too much on the failing health of the subject and is that aspect of her life dealt with sympathetically? Once again, no, I don't think so. And much of her political life was skirted over; the Falkland's, the Miners' Strikes, the explosion at the Grand Hotel, the Poll Tax riots, could (and I think should) have been given more prominence and her infirmities limited to being briefly portrayed at the beginning and the end of the film.

With so much talent in the film it could have been so much better - and wasn't.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2012
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The acting in "The Iron Lady" is superb. Merle Streep brings Margaret Thatcher to life, visually vocally and in spirit. Jim Broadbent, as her husband Dennis, is a performance to match and enhance Streep's own. The blending of the roles of Alexandra Roach and Harry Loyd as the young Margaret and Dennis with the later manifestations is seamless.

The story itself recalls memories, even to Americans, of the Falklands War and introduces us to some of the controversies Thatcher's policies engendered in Britain. I am sure that British memories would be stimulated much more than Americans.

I found the focus on Thatcher's presumed dementia to be a distraction from the film. It is the milieu in which the life-long love story between Maggie and Dennis is presented, but I still find that detracts from the power of the film. The real story of Margaret Thatcher is the story of her active life, her life of struggle for the British people and the Free World, not the story of an elderly woman in decline. If a movie of Ronald Reagan purported to present his life but focused on his final years I would find it offensive. I feel the same about Lady Thatcher. This film makes me want to know more about her and read her books, but I think it will be awhile before I watch this movie again.
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