The Iron Lady Reviews
The Iron Lady
The format of the feature is dull, familiar and predictable with a weak structure that collapses before it even emerges in front of the audience and unfortunately that window is quite narrow. The little aspects of it are appreciative like costume design, make-up and fine editing. Abi Morgan's screenplay has an excellent build up from character's perspective which never makes it anywhere and instead floats somewhere between space. Phyllida Lloyd is the real gem whose brilliant execution helps the audience feel connected somewhat. Meryl Streep has been a tremendous actress in her career where she has redefined herself over and over again, but if there is any performance she should be remembered for, it's for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady is a swing and a miss that that may be greater on technical aspects but definitely not on offering concrete material.
While the movie does boost some strong performances, the story just seems a bit flat. I don't know if it's because of poor screenwriting or if Margaret Thatcher just isn't that interesting of a person. Probably a bit of both.
Problém is the style of storytelling is Just boring
But finnale is Just great
In short i rocomend but it is not great
Just upper avaradge
Though admittedly the plot does portray a 'right wing dream' to some extent, Meryl Streep plays the role phenomenally, and delivers a truly touching performance as she depicts Thatcher struggling to come to terms with her life whilst interacting with apparitions of her deceased husband Dennis. The film progresses extremely smoothly.
Understandably, this won't be everyone's proverbial cup of tea - especially those who already hold strong animosity towards Thatcher. But the quality of Streep's performance is alone enough reason to justify watching this feature. Critics have focussed too much on the political quarrels with this film, and generally have failed to bestow on Streep the praise she deserves.
Painting a surprisingly intimate portrait of one of the 20th century's most famous, influential and complex women is Oscar winning dramatic heavyweight Meryl Streep . Depicting Britain's 'Iron Lady' in extraordinary detail from mannerisms to speech, this Streep's masterpiece of mimicry.
Humanised, sentimental and vulnerable, The Iron Lady is a compelling biopic built on not only the subject's actions as head of state, but as a woman trying to survive her married life lived in the public eye.
Through a procession of flashbacks and old newsreel footage , Abi Morgan's precisely constructed screenplay takes Thatcher from an unsure 20 year old post-war grocer's daughter entering politics all the way through to a lonely old lady plagued by the memories of her career and death of her late husband .
Neither idolised nor demonised, this film attempts to strike a balance for both admirers and critics of Thatcher; however I am sure the line will not be so divided for Streep. Could another Oscar nod be on the way?
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 19/12/2011