Screening Room – THE IRON LADY

(KTSF by Sean Au)
The life of one of the most influential characters in British politics, Margaret Thatcher, called “The Iron Lady” by Soviet leaders, has made its way to the silver screen.
Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) was born a grocer’s daughter. However, her humble beginnings did not stop her from getting into politics. After joining the Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher became a Member of Parliament at 34 years old. As the Education Minister, she led her party to victory in 1979 and became the first woman Prime Minister in Great Britain.
Throughout her twelve years of leadership, her tough stance against labor unions and her decision to go to war with Argentina over the Falklands Islands,  solidified her status as “The Iron Lady” in international politics.

In this movie
, an elderly Mrs. Thatcher fights dementia. She talks to her dead husband and reminisces about the past. The chameleon-like Meryl Streep transforms herself, bringing to life this enigmatic historical character. This is, without a doubt, one of the year’s best performances.
Streep’s performance carries the entire movie.  Unfortunately, the story does not take a stand on Mrs. Thatcher’s conservative political views and offers no original insight on her personal life. I walked out of the theatre without any new information about Mrs. Thatcher In comparison to “THE QUEEN,” about Elizabeth II, and “THE KING’S SPEECH,” about George VI, this portrait fails to use the rich history and the excellent cast to provide us with a deeper historical understanding. Hence, the audience is left disappointed and unsatisfied. 
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Video courtesy of The Weinstein Company.
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