Posted by: on Jan 19, 2012 | No Comments

‘The Iron Lady’ 

Reviewed by Adam Ward


Margaret Thatcher, like Marmite, you either loved her or hated her, well that’s what they say. I was only born the year her eleven years at Downing Street came to an end, but whether you loved or loathed her, no one can take away her accolade of being the UK’s first female Prime Minister, changing politics forever.

The stories and achievements of grocers’ daughter Margaret Thatcher are legendary, and if you haven’t heard of them, where have you been! But after watching this film I was left with somewhat of an anti-climax.

One of the most powerful women Britain has ever seen was now being portrayed as a frail old lady who has lost her marbles. For someone who is still living, I found this distasteful to say the least. The film should have been about all of the brilliant and farfetched things she did whilst in power, but all it did was keep coming back to the present, showing a delicate old woman having hallucinations.

Don’t get me wrong there are some fantastic scenes re-created in the film of her in power which gave you a real taste of what it must have been like. It showed off her strong, witty personality and that she always stood by what she believed in despite what the consequences might have been. The problem was those scenes were always over in a blink of an eye.

One stand-out from the film was Meryl Streeps’ performance of the Iron Lady herself. From start to finish she was outstanding. You had to keep telling yourself, that’s Meryl Streep, not Margaret Thatcher. It is awards season at the moment and without a doubt in my mind, I feel Streep will clean up with all the Best-Actress awards, which she thoroughly deserves.

Although advertisers are claiming you should flock to the cinema for this must see, don’t go out of your way, unless you are dying to see Streeps’ performance. The film’s plot is too thin on the ground and I feel they went about it completely the wrong way for someone who’s life had so many stories to tell.


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