Two-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep steps into the role of English prime minister Margaret Thatcher in this biopic from director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!), and screenwriter Abi Morgan (Tsunami: The Aftermath, Brick Lane). Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, and Anthony Head co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I agree with so many others in how this movie completely wasted an opportunity to tell a remarkable story about a remarkable lady, and instead focused on an unremarkable narrative using a mechanic that seems forced and useless. Her âgoing crazyâ in her later years should not outweigh the amazing stories revolving around her accomplishments, and in the end you leave feeling the movie makers went into this project with an agenda.
Why did I waste my time on this? After reading reviews I should have known better, but I felt we should take a chance and that at least it might give us some interesting moments on the workings of British politics. Not a chance. Instead, fully HALF of the film is devoted to a crazy old lady Thatcher talking to her dead husband, a plot device that fails miserably while at the same time succeeds in being incredibly rude to the still living Lady Thatcher. I read Lady Thatcher's two volume bio years ago and it's deep stuff. This film glosses over everything and gives zero detail about who she really was or how she succeeded in saving Great Britain from doom. What a bust. What a wasted opportunity.
Meryl Streep's portrayal of the vulnerability and conflicts of women in leadership was stunning. Her rendition of the fear and confusion people experience when slipping into dementia was so realistic, as well as, their attempts to hide it from their families.
All the actors did tremendous jobs, but watching the changes Meryl had to illuminate was fascinating.
The story lines focus on her mental health changes was sad and at times seemed to overshadow her accomplishments. It often seemed too many aspects of her life were being crammed into the 105 minutes of the film.
It is definitely worthy of Oscars on several levels.
Terrible disservice to a transcendental figure in 20th century world affairs. Focusing on her old age ailments instead of her accomplishments as the first woman Prime Minister, and a key player in winning the Cold War, made for a very dull movie.
This movie was a disappointment. Even though Meryl Streep gave her usual professional performance, it shows the majority of the movie in the latter part of her life, not the magnificent talent as leader of England!
Imagine your worst enemy got to write your epitaph. You can't speak ill of the dead so they say you were nice person, but just misguided. Maybe mislead. Maybe just week. Agree with disagree with the subject the film strips away and dismisses everything she believes to ruin and portray here amazing successes to luck. It could have been a great story, but script just left out any dignity of the character in all ages and walks of life.
Brilliant! Incredible portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep is totally believable. Touchingly addresses her tragic descent into dementia from Alzheimer's with cuts from present to memories of her hey-day in her career as Prime Minister. A must see film!!!
Meryl was superb as Margaret Thatcher. She was certainly deserving of her Oscar nomination. In addition, the film is a fascinating look back at a historic moment in British politics. You come to appreciate the position this woman found herself in and how she got there. I found the flashbacks very effective in this regard. It may be a bit dry and melancholy for some, however it is a very touching look back at life from the perspective of one nearing its end. We see how Margaret winds up with only her memories of the best times of her life. Although the politics of the era are interesting in their own right, they actually take a back seat to one special woman's life.