Spending a majority of its reasonable 105 minute running time with a present day representation of Margaret, The Iron Lady puts a new spin on then flashback biopic. Now battling with her fading memory, the film follows Margaret as she argues with her deceased husband. A now purely working memory of her lover, he acts as her opposing inner dialogue. The film explores a woman who was always thinking about and for herself, even when she had support, she came first. Her new inner dialogue in the form of Denis Thatcher beats her up for her mistakes.
While the film uses the truths and facts of Thatcher’s rise to PM and her subsequent 10 years at the position, The Iron Lady is much more a character study of what it takes to hold such a powerful position. You could do right or wrong, but it is how you do it that creates your legacy.
By now, everyone expects only great things from Meryl Streep. It seems slightly unfair that the minute you see her cast in a certain role that she will be nominated for a major award. If anyone other than Streep wins any best actress award in the coming season, something has gone terribly wrong. With The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep may have given the best performance by a lead female in the history of cinema. From her frail state to the terrifying glares she throws at her MPs during closed meetings, Streep has redefined acting.
The release of The Iron Lady comes at an odd time where everything has become the 99% against the 1%. Thatcher is a figure the 1% support, and her policies ruined the lower classes in Britain, it’s a fact. But by focusing on a pitiful woman who can’t face her own pains, The Iron Lady manages to ease all viewers into an enjoyable character study without harping on a partisan analysis.
Rating: 3 and a half out of 5 ‘Staches