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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A Wonderful Biopic.By Richie77777 (274 reviews) from Essex , 25 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe Iron Lady covers Margaret's life via flashbacks and the bulk of the film takes place during her present day life in an old people's home, (which predictably looks very plush and exclusive). It is well known that for the majority of British people at least, Margaret Thatcher even to this day strongly polarises public opinion into two camps, those that hate her and those that adore her. What the film attempts to portray is her human side in certain scenes, (mostly during her old age), (as she was often accused of not having one during her time at PM) She suffers flashbacks of her late husband Denis, (Broadbent) and she almost seems to enjoy these times, such as when she dances with him around her room! Later in the film she has enough of her bombarding memories from Denis fighting the fear that she won't go mad and finally, 'Lets go of him,' while reminding him to wear his scarf! We get glimpses of Margaret's early life in Grantham during war time Britain. It's hinted at she is an outsider, (a scene shows three young contemporise teasing her as they walk past her father's green grocers).Her father is into local politics and we see a young Margaret enthusiastically watching a speech of his where he proposes the need for self reliance. Like father like daughter this was to become a staple point of Margaret's philosophy when she entered politics. As PM we see the near anarchy that Mrs. Thatcher had to deal with during her time as PM, the Brighton bombing, the Miners' strikes, the Poll tax riots. There are some well acted scenes over the Falklands War and the viewer sees how fearsome Thatcher was when she perhaps coldly says : 'Sink that ship!' Richard E Grant adeptly plays Michael Heseltine and unfortunately the viewer is not treated to him enough. He plays the role to aplomb and perhaps in some respects Thatcher was too naïve and trusting because she never appears to see his threat to her leadership until it is too late. During a cabinet meeting we see just how dictatorial she had become over her cabinet. She corrects Jeffrey Howe's wording of a document and dismisses the entire cabinet and continues working alone! As to whether this actually happened or not its anyone's guess but it aptly illustrating her controlling nature. She was very unsympathetic to Geoffrey Howe when he submitted his resignation letter to her, but I guess that is the life that one let's oneself in for upon entering that profession! Streep conveys the emotional strength of the protagonist when talking, (during her old age) to her doctor. She states in a manner of speaking how some people don't take account of their actions by the way that they express themselves. She gels (as one would expect), very well with Denis and he is able to provide most of the (not so many) laughs during the film. Its an enjoyable drama set during a time that in some respects seems longer ago than it actually was.
streep is greatBy vickig0306 (429 reviews) from Halifax , 19 May 2013Meryl streep is fantastic as Margaret Thatcher. I really enjoyed this film & found it deeply moving with some humour thrown in for good measure
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Hatchet job on MaggieBy a customer , 17 May 2013The film is very scatty and difficult to follow. Its hard to know what is going on at some points. It flows badly as it keeps jumping into the past with flashbacks..., The film focuses mainly on her illness rather than her political life. Other than the casting this was quite a poor film when it could have been so interesting.
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Could of been so much moreBy Kitto (3 reviews) , 14 May 2013As a 27 year old, I don't really have any views on Thatcher knowing that some people loved her and some hated her, i was interested in watching this to learn a bit more about her. I was quite disappointed as i beleieve this could of been done a lot better. Also think the film is a bit distastful in regards to making her out as going made, when at the time of the film coming out, she was still alive
Iron and HatredBy a customer , 08 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI was born in 1981 so my knowledge of this Iron Lady is not great. This film was so much better than I thought it would be. The conversations with her dead husband were nicely scattered through the film and Meryl Streep did a fantastic job - I had to remind myself it was Miss Streep she was that good. Not really a film that goes heavily into her career, but it touches on the biggies, the miners, the Falklands. Would say if you have an interest in politics, or are just wanting to know what it was that made this woman so memorable, this is a film for you.