Film: The Iron Lady
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Richard E Grant, Harry Lloyd, Anthony Head
Tells the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.
What I thought of it:
I was a child of the 80s. Most of my early childhood was spent in a northern town in Maggie’s Britain, so I remember well (albeit from a child’s point of view) many of the highlights and lowlights of Thatcher’s reign and have to admit that whether or not you agree with her politics or her actions, you have to admire the woman’s tenacity, determination and spirit. She remains, to this day, Britain’s only female Prime Minister and left an indelible footprint on British politics. Love her or hate her, she will never be forgotten.
So, how does one fill the shoes of such a woman when making a film showcasing the salient points of her political career? It’s a no-brainer – you knock on Meryl Streep’s door, beg her to take the role, and then heave a sigh of relief when she accepts! When it comes to great roles, you need a great actress, and that is exactly what Streep is. She disappears into Margaret’s persona and all we see is The Iron Lady herself, perfectly portrayed, on our screens. This really is a crowning achievement for Streep and she deserves every award for which she is nominated.
Of course, she is supported by a superb cast – everyone, from Broadbent (and Lloyd) as the long-suffering Dennis, to her ministers are brilliant, but it is Olivia Colman as her daughter Carol who really shines. Colman has Carol down to a tee and it is a crying shame that she has not at least been nominated for best supporting actress in this year’s Oscars.
The Iron Lady is a film of consummate elegance and poise, with deft direction and clever cutting of archive footage into the film, this really is a sweepingly epic film that stands up next to the likes of the King’s Speech as the epitome of British film-making.
My hubby’s review HERE.