This review is from: The Iron Lady [DVD] (DVD)I was not yet born when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and although I learnt much about her from my parents and from school, this film was awe-inspiring.
For someone who is not old enough to remember the Iron Lady in her prime, the film hits home just how inspirational she was. Her success was particularly poignant given the era, when a woman's place was considered to be at home - something ironically depicted in one scene where the mens' and ladies' rooms are opened and there is an ironing board in the ladies. It just makes you appreciate her success that little bit more.
Meryl Streep delivers an impeccable performance as Thatcher - the accent was flawless and she deserves every accolade for her role in this film. She is truly outstanding and in a way, she does make the film what it is.
Now, I do agree with comments that the issue of dementia dominated slightly more than it should have done at times, although this, together with the frequent "flashbacks", allowed the producers to portray in the character of Thatcher's late husband Dennis perfectly. I thought they did a very good job of highlighting their remarkable bond and how much Thatcher missed him after his passing.
Additionally, the film shows a softer, compassionate side to Thatcher, as she is writing to deceased soldiers' parents during the Falklands War. She begins by saying 'as the only prime minister who is also a mother'. Again this made me admire the great lady even more; as a lady and a mother she must have found it hard to keep her emotions in check during times like this but managed to stay strong. Even into her old age she remained stoic - I particularly enjoyed the scene with the doctor.
The producers' attention to detail is also noteworthy: one particular scene stood out for me in this film - the opening scene, where a frail Thatcher is buying some milk from a convenience store. She is surprised by the cost, but duly pays and exits the store after thanking the cashier. The following customer is an aggressive youth who, with his headphones on, slams an energy drink onto the counter, pays, whips the drink off the counter and leaves without saying a word to the person who served him. Again, this is something that is easy to overlook but subtlely highlights a very significant difference in generation and deterioration of values. In fact, remembering this scene makes me to want to watch the film again, as I can't help but feel there are other things I may have missed.
Overall, I think this was an incredible film about a truly amazing woman, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2013 17:29:29 GMT
Michael Open says:
Ah.... now I know the meaning of the word 'subtlely'. Well Ms Smith you go on thinking that coarse comparisons between evidently different people are subtle, and you will just as wrong as you are in imagining that the greatest film made in our lifetimes ('The Tree of Life') is 'pretentious drivel'.
Doubtless you will maintain that you have a right to your opinion. Yes, even when it is as worthless, prejudiced and amateur as it is in this case.
I will spend some time trying to figure out how anyone can conclude that TToL has no plot and this mediocre bio-pic has one. Rather than watch it again, it is TToL that you should watch again and again and again and again... perhaps after 50 viewings you may have started to scratch the blindingly brilliant surface of a film that will still be being viewed and wondered at long after 'The Iron Lady' has been justly forgotten.
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