I’m sure there must be formats to follow when writing a movie review and also technical terms that should be used, but I am unfamiliar with them. Nor am I in the habit of writing about movies I have attended. But a visit to the cinema today to see Meryl Streep in the recently released Iron Lady left me wanting to share my experience.
For those who are old enough to have lived anywhere in the world during what are now known as the Thatcher Years in Britain, the film brought back many historical memories. However, a movie is just that, and this one certainly didn’t claim to be completely factually correct. Consequently there was room for Meryl Streep to play this strong female lead with the strength we’ve come to expect from her.
In the film, Meryl Streep gave us insights into why Margaret Thatcher, dubbed The Iron Lady during her leadership as Britain’s first and only woman Prime Minister.
Margaret Thatcher – Image via Wikipedia
Alternating between her recent aging life in the state of dementia and flash backs to girlhood, young womanhood and her entry into politics, Streep showed Margaret Thatcher’s determination to do what she believed in right from the beginning. When the young Denis proposed, Margaret Roberts made it quite clear she was not prepared to be a stay at home housewife.
Although the film had the potential to be politically boring, it never played too long on any of the historical moments. Consequently, it moved backward and forward in time with ease. Moments of humour punctuated more serious moments, especially when Thatcher, long after her husband’s death, imagined he was there talking to her. One of my favourite lines delivered by Streep was when, visiting her doctor as an old woman struggling with dementia, she was asked how she felt. “Feel?” she replied.”Who cares what I feel? Ask me what I’m thinking. Then you might learn something.”
And it was probably this inclination to think more than feel that enabled her to make what she called the tough decisions, that nobody else was brave enough to make. Although her relationship with Denis remained strong until his death, it could be said her relationship with her children suffered because of her determination to think rather than feel.
Am I glad I gave up two hours to go to the cinema to see this movie? Yes, I am. I came out feeling mixed emotions about Margaret Thatcher, but in no doubt Meryl Streep was perfect for the part. It is definitely one of those movies that will affect different people in different ways. A lot of this could depend upon when one was born and how old they were during the Thatcher years in Britain. I recommend it as a movie worth seeing, in order to make up your own mind about Margaret Thatcher, the woman labelled as The Iron Lady, played by Meryl Streep, the actress who has the strength and ability to take on the most difficult roles.
Meryl Streep – Image via Wikipedia
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