The Iron Lady is a biography of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only woman Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. Thatcher is a grocer’s daughter, came to power from nowhere and became one of the most famous and influential leader of the 20th century.
The movie is entirely carried by the performance of Meryl Streep. The film is only worth seeing for the performance of Streep. There is nothing special about the film but to showcase the acting prowess of Streep; it is made for the Oscar awards.
The film did not give the reasons why Thatcher became the prime minister other than she was a grocer’s daughter and that she knows household accounts. It did not explain the political roots. Thatcher is one of the most successful leaders of the 20th century, there had to be more than this. The film dealt more on Thatcher’s life as wife-and-mother than as the prime minister.
The film is supposed to be a biopic but ended up showing at the aging and dementia-riddled Thatcher. The film spent too much time on the late-period dementia with Thatcher reminiscing with her deceased husband Denis and occasionally flashing back and forth on her political career.
While the film is uninteresting as un-intellectual, it is entertaining. The film became interesting only when Streep takes over the flashback scenes during Thatcher’s heyday in the 80’s. Streep acted as a glue to keep the movie together but even a great performance does not make a film.
If you are going to see “Iron Lady” do so only for Streep’s performance.
Meryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.