Movie – The Iron Lady

The hype is guaranteed to be huge when you take into account the subject matter, the star and the many gags about it being the follow up to The Iron Man.

It’s time to get up! It’s time go to work! It’s time to put the great, back into Great Britain!

I’m not sure why people haven’t enjoyed this film – I loved it. It’s everything I would hope and more. The subject matter is Margaret Thatcher but this isn’t a political film as such, although of course if you’re featuring one of Britain’s most successful Prime Minister’s, politics is going to feature.

I for one was not a fan of Mrs T in her day but having watched this, I realise this was probably peer pressure as I was too immature to form my own opinion during her early years. Now, politics aside, I see what a phenomenal woman she is.

Meryl Streep turned on the Oscar-worthy performance as the film depicts the story through Lady T’s matured eyes looking back on memories. As such, her thoughts dart about and I believe this has been the films’ biggest criticism. As always, I have no need to read reviews so this is just what I have heard via Twitter and indeed the people I saw the film with.

The pearls are absolutely non-negotiable

The most impact is felt when scenes of how Lady T broke the mould in what was – as much as I detest this phrase – a man’s world; her first time walking into parliament, the above quote when her advisors ask her to lose the hats and basically tone down her femininity, the young Margaret being mesmerised by her grocer father giving a speech, first fighting to be elected and then there are some gorgeous scenes of her talking to her dead husband, Dennis, played exactly as you would expect by Jim Broadbent, although the film probably draws on that a little too much.

I dislike too much ‘positive discrimination’ in the job market but it really does help if the country is being run by an equal amount of men and women and although we are far away from that, I’m pretty sure Maggie opened the doors.

The supporting cast are, in equal parts, excellent and amusing (Richard E Grant as Michael Heseltine). The film isn’t in chronological order and nor does it cover all of the many news worthy moments in her reign, but it sure depicts the woman behind the politician. I cringed at Phyllida Lloyd’s directorial attempt of Mama Mia, where she manages to make one of my all time favourite bands/theatrical moments, Mama Mia, dismal but here I have my money’s worth.

8½/10

Smile factor 9/10 In the minority

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4 thoughts on “Movie – The Iron Lady

  1. Me and JD went to see it two weeks ago we loved it – then again I’m a 86 baby and JD is a 89/90 baby (how can I have forgotten my friend’s birthday!) and so0 both of us didn’t really experience Maggie being in power.

    The first prime minister I remember hearing about on the news etc was John Major.

    As it’s “played” in flashbacks and memories from Maggie’s POV as her Alzheimer’s affects her the non-linear storyline works – it takes some keeping up with but notable events like the Berlin Wall help you know where in the time line you are.

  2. I went to see this last week and loved it too, MT was an inspiration for an ambitious child like me – I didn’t care what the grown-ups were saying about her – she was Prime Minister – a girl! how can any girl not want to have that power!? Now that I’m old enough to understand what she did back when I was little I still don’t care what others say about her I think most of what she did was right and best for the UK, we need another grocers daughter now to sort out this public school boy mess that is currently going on!! Shame she couldn’t step up again now 😦

    • We need a grocers daughter to run the country – yes, let’s start that campaign now! Glad you enjoyed it, I was completely mesmerised throughout. Not being a fan for the reasons I said but warmed to her greatly now.

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