The Iron Lady review by reporter Laura Hammond
WHEN a film is billed as the movie event of the year before we are even half way through January, you are bound to have a certain level of expectation as you settle down to watch it. The Iron Lady was one of those films.
And this biopic of the political rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher did not disappoint.
It begins by presenting the baroness – played magnificently by Meryl Streep – as the frail and elderly woman she is today. Significant occasions in her past are shown through her memories, and the audience joins her from growing up in her father’s grocery shop to her failure at election aged 24, and becoming the first female prime minister in the UK.
American Streep plays Thatcher effortlessly. She would be well-deserving of the Oscar she has been tipped for.
Jim Broadbent, who plays husband Dennis, gives a stellar performance, offering a touching comic angle to the film and enhancing the human aspect. After all, Thatcher was a wife and mother, as well as a world leader.
On occasion, the baroness was too celebrated, I thought, and it made the film lose some credibility. But as it was created entirely from her own point of view, it would have struggled not to be biased.
This film has divided the nation into Thatcherite and non-Thatcherite, but as far as I am concerned, whether you supported her politics or not, she was an extraordinary woman who changed the face of Britain. For that reason alone, this is a film well-worth seeing.