The Iron Lady


  • Genre: Drama

  • Director: Phyllida Lloyd

  • Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant

  • Rate: ***




The film begins in the present with Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century, diminished by age. She daydreams conversations with her late husband and reflects on the past, which leads us into the “greatest hits” biographical format that makes up most of the movie.

It’s all rather standard, elevated by a performance that once again displays what a great technician Meryl Streep is. She embodies Thatcher, from the flamboyant hair to the ever-present pearls although the real heavy lifting is done in the “lion in winter” scenes. It’s there the movie goes beyond the showy impersonation and becomes an emotional, well rounded portrait.

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