The Iron Lady review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Probably the most hated British Prime Minister yet Margaret Thatcher over saw the United Kingdom through huge unemployment, union strikes and far flung wars, it can not be denied that, love her or hate her, she certainly made an impression.
The same can not really be said for the biographical movie of her life however; taking the safe route rather than choosing a definitive stand point; The Iron Lady could have made a real statement, instead it whimpers rather pathetically in the shadows, something you would never expect of Thatcher herself.
It is not the plot that fails the picture, but rather the way the story has been handled, the movie lacks any genuine emotional strength, presenting a fairly placid version of events from all sides. Had the film makers been brave enough to give the movie a backbone, whether it be the controversial pro-Thatcher stance or the incessant hatred of the left wing liberals, then the Iron Lady might have made more of an impact. The movie shys away from the political however, taking a personal and dramatic look at Thatcher’s life after leaving power.
Streep’s performance as the woman herself is utterly flawless and well deserving of the Academy Award, it is not enough to truly get the Iron Lady going however, as both she and her male counterpart Jim Broadbent are given little to work with beyond a rather obvious post-power house guilt trip.
All in all the Iron Lady fails to fully commit to a concept and is therefore not really worth two hours of your own time to.