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The Iron Lady

by Vladimir Kozlov at 01/03/2012 19:43

This biopic on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher comes to Russia just after Meryl Streep collected an Oscar for the main role in the film, on top of a Golden Globe and several other awards.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the movie is structured as a series of flashbacks, recounting major points in Thatcher’s life and career.

At the beginning, the viewer sees Thatcher at approximately present day as an elderly woman struggling with dementia and other problems typical of her age. Then the flashbacks take the audiences many years into the past, showing a young Thatcher working in her father’s grocery store.

Among the major historical events featured are the 1981 Brixton riots, the 1984 bombing of the Grand Hotel during a Conservative Party conference, the Falklands War and the collapse of the Soviet bloc.

“The Iron Lady” was met with mixed reactions, with Thatcher’s children criticizing the portrayal of their mother and some observers pointing to factual inaccuracies. However, the creators of the movie were apparently more concerned with exploring the issue of the price that the world’s top leaders pay for their power than with meticulously recreating minute details of Thatcher’s life.

While nearly all reviewers praised Streep’s performance, some pointed out that the movie’s other elements did not match it. A writer for The Globe And Mail dismissed “The Iron Lady” as “a performance in search of a film.”

“Streep is wondrous as usual, but her superpowers have been squandered here,” added a reviewer for The Detroit News.

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