Written January 15, 2012
At first I didn't want to see this because I feared that it would be a hatchet job on Ms. Thatcher. The woman was incredible and I didn't want to see anything that didn't do her justice. At my husband's urgings, I decided to go. I hated the flashback method of telling her story and felt it was a little short sided in this wonderful woman whose leadership took Britain out of the worst modern recession and miserable unemployment at the hands of the trade unions. They left out a lot of her relationship with Ronald Reagan which was key to her story and forgot a quote for which she is best known. "The problem with socialsm is that eventually you run out of other people's money." Streep did a good job with the material, but I just felt it painted Mrs. Thatcher in an inaccurage light and was more politically correct than correct. I was getting annoyed with all the dementia cracks and flashbacks. It took away from what a great lady did.
Written December 31, 2011
A great character study of margaret thatcher. the movie humanizes her, especially as she struggles with old age. meryl streep has another virtuoso performance BECOMING margaret thatcher. she picked up her accent, mannerisms, and gait.
Written January 17, 2012
We saw the Iron Lady, and altho Meryl Streep was superb, I felt it was difficult to follow, with switching back and forth from the present to the past. It just seemed a tad disjointed to me.
Having met the real Iron Lady, I felt the portrayal was probably the very best that Streep has done. Magnificent performance.
Written January 01, 2012
Absolutely go see this for the pleasures of Meryl Streep's performance. It is really too bad none of the possible themes of the story were developed - as much as you can say about what it's "about," beyond the brilliant performance, is -- Margaret Thatcher did an unusual thing by becoming the first woman Prime Minster, eventually she got old and somewhat demented, and she probably had a nice relationship with her affable husband, played by Jm Broadbent, as, in the film, he is an active presence in her mind after he has been dead for some time.
-- VK/Gramercy Park
Written January 16, 2012
In the Iron Lady, Meryl Streep portrays Thatcher as an old women that suffers from hallucinations, in particular of her husband Denis. Thatcher's political life is dealt with superficially and important parts such as her relationship with Reagan, and Gorbachev and her icy relationship with the Queen are missing. As Thatcher, the Prime Minister, Streep comes across as a prissy headmistress. She fails to capture the deep resonant voice, the force of conviction and strength of personality that made Thatcher such a formidable and feared politician.
The Iron Lady is a cruel movie. Rather than focusing on her strong moments or giving insight into her time as Prime Minister, the film emphasizes her mental decline and puts forth the notion that the dementia of former leaders can be put in the public domain for everyone to see. Irrespective of one's view of Thatcher, granting human beings a sense of privacy and respect in old age should be key to what a civilized society is all about.