Meryl Streep IS The Iron Lady. Her performance as Margaret Thatcher is impeccable, and the makeup makes in almost impossible to distinguish her from the real McCoy. Jim Broadbent is also doing an excellent jo as Denis, Mrs. Thatcher’s husband. It was more than deserved, that this movie went away with two Oscar statuettes, ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role’ and ‘Best Achievement in Makeup’.
The movie takes place in the present, after the death of Denis. The now weak Mrs. Thatcher is trying to come to terms with the death of her husband and her progressing Alzheimer’s while she has flashbacks to her days as a young lady who begins being interested in politics all the way forward till the day she was thrown out of (Downing St.) no. 10 by her own party – the Tory – in 1990.
I found that the movie could have been a little bit more challenging towards her years as Prime Minister of England (and Northern Ireland), especially when it comes to her more controversial decisions, like the ones she made regarding e.g. The Falkland Island’s, The Northern Ireland, privatisation and housing. It was made a little bit too much like an critique-less and toothless documentary. I would definitely have given one more star, if it have had a little bit more edge to it. Well, the director isn’t known for her thought-provoking productions, which includes ‘Mamma Mia’ as well as a lot of work on operas.
Still, it was not bad at all, and definitely worth seeing for everyone with the slightest interest in politics and/or resent European history – being pro or con Thatcher!