The Iron Lady 2012

The Iron Lady

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Meryl Streep's performance as The Iron Lady is reliably perfect, but it's mired in bland, self-important storytelling.

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In her twilight years, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) reflects on her life and career as she finally prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent). Daughter of a Grantham grocer, she successfully broke through a double-paned glass ceiling of gender and class. Thatcher became the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom and remained as such for 11 consecutive years, until declining popularity forced her to resign.

Cast & Crew

Meryl Streep
Margaret Thatcher
Jim Broadbent
Denis Thatcher
Alexandra Roach
Young Margaret Thatcher
Harry Lloyd
Young Denis Thatcher
Olivia Colman
Carol Thatcher
Iain Glen
Alfred Roberts
Victoria Bewick
Muriel Roberts
John Sessions
Edward Heath
Anthony Head
Geoffrey Howe
Abi Morgan
Screenwriter
François Ivernel
Executive Producer
Cameron McCracken
Executive Producer
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Adam Kulick
Executive Producer
Elliot Davis
Cinematographer
Justine Wright
Film Editor
Thomas Newman
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  • Aug 20, 2020
    A beautiful movie led by a mesmerizing performance!!
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2015
    Puts too much emphasis on feminism and her dementia. Thatcher would have hated it.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2013
    Ne rend pas hommage à tout ce que cette femme a pu changer!
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2013
    No, "The Iron Lady" is not a spinoff from "Iron Man."(Sorry, couldn't resist.) Rather, it is about the life and times of Margaret Thatcher(Meryl Streep). While severely flawed with a narrow perspective, the movie still has some superb makeup and odd charm of its own to make it watchable. A lot of that involves setting a good deal of the movie with Thatcher in her dotage, trying to be self-sufficient like her former policies, but ironically ending up depending on the help of others. Admittedly, this format works as far as allowing Thatcher to be lost in her memories but goes on far too long with her being haunted by her late husband Denis(Jim Broadbent), forcing this uncomfortably in the general neighborhood of a Saturday Night Live sketch with a performance from Meryl Streep that plays primarily to the cheap seats, almost allowing Anthony Stewart Head to steal the movie. "The Iron Lady" dutifully recounts the main points of Thatcher's career to the point of where a documentary might have been the right way to go with such a divisive figure, thus allowing everybody the opportunity put in their two cents.(And there is an abundance of archival footage on display here anyway.) While the movie seeks to show that Thatcher was the only female member of parliament, it was not exactly true, as women were about 4% of the House of Commons until at least the 80's(Source: UK Political Info). Like any good anti-Communist, she liked her tyrants, like Pinochet(not mentioned here), and was here not fond of consensus which led to her welcome being worn out after 11 years, long after her career making triumph in the Falkland Islands War.(Tony Blair probably thought if it worked for her...) And am I the only person who hears Thatcher use the royal 'we' at one point? At least it would explain the "King and I" reference.(Phyllida Lloyd also directed "Mamma Mia," thus making her contribution to the auteur theory.)
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