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"Iron Lady" - {Blu-ray} - (Ed)
Reviewer:
Edward McNulty
Studio: Weinstein
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
4/10/2012
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Meryl Streep again proves she is one of the greatest actresses of all time as she loses herself in the role of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Jim Broadbent plays her loyal husband Dennis, with whose total support she breaks through the entrenched gender barrier to rule during such troubled times that she becomes the object of rage and hatred because of her program of austerity. Although the film follows the usual biopic formula, Ms. Streepís performance is another of her great ones that you will remember for a long timeóand certainly the members of the Academy felt the same way when they awarded Ms. Streep her third Oscar.***

The Prime Ministerís story is told in a series of flashbacks as Margaret, her supportive husband Jim with her now only in memory, clears out his clothes for a donation to Oxfam. Her first days in Parliament were filled with insults and slights as she breaks into what has been a Gentlemanís Club. His ghost or memory comments from time to time on events.***

The two factors that see her through are her steely determination or perseverance, and the staunch support of her loving husband. Dennis comes across as a husband so secure of his manhood that he does not need to be the dominant party in their marriage. The ups and downs of her career of her rise to the leadership of the Conservative Party and then as Prime Minister are told at times in newsreel fashion, one of the most difficult being her guiding the nation through the war over the Falcon Islands.***

Phillidia Lloydís might not be a great film, but it certainly contains a great performance. Feminists need not be the only ones pleased by this true story of how the first British PM overcame tremendous odds to lead a tradition-loving nation into a new era.

Special Features:

Five behind-the-scenes featurettes:

- The Making of The Iron Lady

- Recreating the Young Margaret Thatcher

- Battle in the House of Commons

- Costume Design: Pearls and Power Suits

- Denis: The Man Behind the Woman

Final Words:

Liberals may blanch at her politics and economic policies, but they should pay due respect to Thatcher as a strong woman overcoming centuries of prejudice.***

 

 
 
 
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