The Iron Lady details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Ross|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Collections:||Dramas, May - Drama, Most Popular Films, The Biggest and Best|
The Iron Lady
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 May 2012|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
The first week of a new year and a hugely anticipated film hits the cinemas. Unfortunately while Meryl Streep is, as always, impeccable, the script lets The Iron Lady movie down.
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A very good film which should sweep up many awards and confirms Streep's status as a "great".By roncoach (370 reviews) from suffolk , 05 Jan 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I have just seen early screening and found this to be a very memorable and watchable movie.
Meryl Streep is electrifying-----her 'new' career in the last few years must-----together with her long early career-----make her one of the all-time greats. I did not like her much at first, many years ago-----but she has slowly won me over.....and now I go back and see her 'old' films with a new pleasure. Her films in the last few years have been even better......she has aged like a fine wine and a very fine actress. As Mrs Thatcher, she is rivetting.
Supporting casts are so important.....and this film benefits from the excellent Broadbent and Grant and others.
There has been a lot of controversy about whether the film should have been made ( as with Helen Mirren's 'Queen'), especially in the way it looks at the present old lady suffering from dementia. But I think it HAD to be made (anyone who won 3 elections must have a biopic someday), AND I personally think that the present health status of Thatcher actually adds to the impact of the film.
To get the personal political opinions out of the way first ( though they have nothing to do with my rating of the film) : I dislike everything that Thatcherism stood for----the selfishness, the widening gap between rich and poor, the wider divisiveness in society, the throwing away of public assets, the arrogance and distasteful dominance over any opinion that did not meet her own......and much much more.
I think Tony Blair was a miracle worker to undo so much of what that woman did.......history will judge him more kindly in due course.
Glad to get the personal politics out of the way.........the film portrays one of the political giants of the 20th century, and does it very well in this movie. I was particularly struck by Thatcher's rise to power, remarkable at a time when there were only 19 women MPs in the House of Commons and when the Tory Party were almost certain to reject a grocer's lower middle-class daughter ( we're now back to the norm with David Cameron and the class system, Eton, etc). Her rise to the leadership of the Tory Party made a big impact.....I wish more had been made of this aspect; and I wish more had been made of Ted Heath and the 'changeover' and reasons behind it.
Yes, there are points to criticise in a negative way. But the overwhelming feeling is one of an absolute positive sense that this is a very good film that will become definitive and will be watched for many years to come, even when Thatcher's legacy is ( hopefully) forgotten.
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Maggie was ForgettableBy Creativeelevation (13 reviews) , 28 Nov 2013Started well, and gave an interesting perspective on the latter part of this women's life. and then it just finished and i forgot what i just watched. lacked depth and detail, but Streep gives a good performance. if your fascinated with this era and Ms Thatcher then you will enjoy this, if you require further depth and development then this won't provide that but it's worth a watch but don't except to be blow away.
Streep is typically rilliant, the movie itself forgettable and purposelessBy sirdoodlebug (5 reviews) , 17 Oct 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]While Meryl Streep is of course brilliant and nails the voice, walk, tone and personality of Thatcher, the film itself is certainly not at her level. For most of the time, it feels like the writers and directors are simply running through a checklist of significant events in Thatcher's life, simply re-enacting them on film then moving on to the next one. The filmmakers seem to be one of the few people in existence who have no opinion on Thatcher or her policies. You could get more insight and debate from just reading a book on Thatcher. Such a fascinating and divisive character in British history deserved far more than this bland and ultimately pointless biopic.
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The Titan of 20th Century PoliticsBy Zydor (268 reviews) from Headley Down , 22 Sep 2013Baroness Thatcher was still alive when this was made, albeit in failing health. Many controversial and sensitive events were therefore discretely left alone, and are not in the Biopic. Nontheless it remains a very good biopic of the most famous British Prime Minister, vying with Churchill for top spot. Whilst Churchill probably gets that one by a short head Baroness Thatcher had a remarable history in British Politics, and shaped the Country for the Modern 21st Century era. Without her influence Britain would have been in poor shape for the start of the third Millennia. Meryl Streep did a remarkable job portraying Baroness Thatcher gaining many deserved plaudits. No other PM in British History has transformed a Country to such an extent, fought a War and dominated International Politics - the Great Triad of Politics. A remarkable Lady - with the changing face of Politics, I doubt, sadly, we will see the like of her again. They broke the mould when she passed on. Superb Film, a must see film ....
interesting insight into Thatcher's lifeBy barboorka (7 reviews) , 03 Aug 2013For someone not knowing much about Mrs Thatcher's biography, this film brings some light into the choices she made in life. Well directed, fantastic acting,nice cinematography and all rather diplomatic. It almost showed her like some sort of heroine...A bit lengthy, though.
Good viewingBy smellie (31 reviews) from Birmingham , 27 May 2013This film takes a look at Mrs Thatcher from the present with a glimpse into the past. Whilst it was intriguing to watch Meryl Streep play a woman of great notability, I felt it would have been better to have seen her history from a young child straight through to her bitter end. It's a shame this film did not follow that structure.