The Iron Lady Film Review

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

I am not a fan of history. I never really have been. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t care or have apathy for events that occurred in the past. It’s just that history never really captured my interest much. Sure, there were the great stories about the Kennedys, Nixon, wars of the past, political movements, etc. that I could somehow stay awake for when prompted, but this was not a genre I would normally get excited over. Knowing that, imagine how I might feel about going to see a movie about the life of Margaret Thatcher! Good grief, what did I know about Margaret Thatcher? Why would I spend two hours of my ever-dwindling free time watching a movie about Margaret Thatcher? Meryl Streep, that’s why.

This was an outstanding performance by Streep. I’m still not sure how they were able to give her the striking appearance of resembling Margaret Thatcher, but her physical portrayl was uncanny. The legendary Streep completely disappeared and became Margaret Thatcher. The voice, the mannerisms, the physical presence…nothing short of perfection. I was not bored silly despite my original preconceived notions.

The film opens with the elderly Margaret Thatcher going out for a pint of milk only to be pushed aside and overlooked, disrespected. The film is not only about the battles of a shop keeper’s daughter struggling to fit in with her male counterparts in British Parliament, it’s also about the human experience of aging. As an audience member, I watched as an elderly woman with early dementia struggled with losing her mind – telling herself that she would not “go mad”. There was a strong contrast of a young vibrant Margaret Thatcher finding her way into the boys club of Britich politics, and a fragile old woman afraid of being seen as sick, incompetent or anything less than independent.

Overall I enjoyed the movie. I learned a few things that I was probably too disinterested in when I was younger. Mostly, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Streep once again transform herself into someone else. This performance has Oscar written all over it.

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