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The Iron Lady

Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Harry Lloyd, Anthony Head, Alexandra Roach, Roger Allam, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Farrell, Eloise Webb
Screenplay by Abi Morganlol and Michael Hirst
Based on
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

IN SHORT: Oscar to Streep. [Rated PG-13 for for some violent images and brief nudity. 105 minutes]

Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) was one tough cookie. Ain't no doubt about it. She wouldn't accept socially pre-determined rules about where a young lady should be educated or what kind of employment would be similarly ladylike and appropriate. When, at some kind of gathering in the 1940s, she put forth the notion that maybe some day a woman could sit in the position of Prime Minister of Great Britain, all the WASPs in suits mocked the idea as ridiculous; as ridiculous as the concept of a woman attending college. Whereupon Miss Margaret Roberts (her maiden name in the days when women still made that distinction) announced that she was off to attend Oxford University. Those living on distant planets may not know that Oxford is among the finest institutions for higher education on this planet. So much for ridiculous notions 101.

What follows in The Iron Lady is a biography totally focussed on Ms. Thatcher. Husband Dennis (Jim Broadbent) is love struck from first sight and absolutely supportive of his wife's determination that women are just as good as men; and of his wife's rise to prominence as any life partner could be. Make no assumptions. The couple produce children. The kidlets just don't figure much in the overall story.

The capper to the story, though revealed early on, is such a good one that I'm not going to reveal it. It involves Thatcher's autobiography and events in her personal life that follow the publication of the book (that are not in the book)

That overall story, though, is so Anglo-centric that there is little to hold the interest of non-English (ie. Americans) save Ms. Streep's performance.

That's all there is to say.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Iron Lady, he would have paid . . .


9* means we think the film has Oscar etc. potential. It's just easier to start grouping 'em now, at the end of the year.

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