Monday, 9 January 2012

Margaret Thatcher Returns to our Screens: My Review of The Iron Lady

An Uncanny Resemblance
Well it has possibly been the most hyped-up film of the past few years. The Iron Lady has given birth to further debate and discussion over the former Prime Minister. Love her or hate her, she still makes an impact on the very way we perceive the world and politics today.

As a harsh critic of Margaret Thatcher, I still do my best to remain fair if not impartial. Although I was born almost two years after Baroness Thatcher left office, every aspect of her premiership and even her personality have been told to me by the generations who lived through her tenure.
Two Political Giants: Margaret Thatcher & Neil Kinnock

Meryl Streep's performance was (as expected) phenomenal! Not only was the voice pitch perfect, aesthetically she looked scarily true to the 'Iron Lady's' distinctive appearance. Streep managed to highlight Thatcher's most unpleasant attributes, whilst also humanising an individual whose character has come to be disgraced and subjugated in recent years.

However, the greatest performance in The Iron Lady must go to Jim Broadbent as Dennis Thatcher. Broadbent portrayed Mrs Thatcher's spouse as a good humoured, supportive and kind individual. Not only did Broadbent's performance add to the film's emotional qualities, his role as Thatcher's 'Dennis' helped to highlight the importance of kindness and integrity in politics - qualities some would argue were disregarded by the former Prime Minister.

The Iron Lady: In Nut Cracker Form
I must say, certain moments of the film sat uncomfortably with me. The way Phyllida Lloyd's film portrayed the Falklands War came across somewhat biased and to an extent glorified the actions of Margaret Thatcher. Obviously this depends on your own perceptions of the conflict.

However, this I believe to be an attribute to the film's great success. The Iron Lady's ability to provoke debate and open discussion about 1980s British Politics, allows us to reconsider and once again experience an era of politics that has come to define our nation and the way we are perceived around the world.

My Rating:

4 * / 5*