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 January 23, 2012
What a way of destroying one of the most important characters in history... congratulations to Merryl Streep for the acting (really remarkable) but the story plot even if true is really bad. She had so many great things to be remembered by ... not this one for sure...
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 23, 2012
Meryl Streep is absolutely amazing in this role. Margaret Thatcher is not a person for whom I had much admiration, but she was complex and interesting.
Parts of this film made me teary, parts made me furious, and parts were simply entertaining. I highly recommend it.
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.