Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher: The First Review

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The Guardian has seen The Iron Lady, with the esteemed Meryl Streep as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and they're not afraid to tell us about it.

The film, they say, is a "breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times."

They insist that it's lacking some context -- it's "Thatcher without Thatcherism."

But Meryl?

She scored as Anna Wintour. She rocked as Julia Child.

And how does she do as Missy Maggie?

She's "the one great weapon of this often silly and suspect picture," gushes the critic.

"Her performance is astonishing and all but flawless; a masterpiece of mimicry."

I expected nothing less. Another nomination seems assured.

But wait a minute -- in one scene, she even dances with her husband to the King and I soundtrack!

Isn't that good enough for you to go all the way, Oscar?


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CMG
CMG

I still sense Julia Child in all of the clips I see.  And Thatcher without Thatcherism makes me queasy, especially when the clips do mention the Falklands.  

I really want Kirsten Dunst for her work in Melancholia to get at least a nomination but that damn von Trier may have ruined that chance for her.  Shame, she and Gainsbourg should both be nominated in leading and supporting categories.  

Larry
Larry

And the funny thing is that Thatcher was forced out of the Conservative party leadership over her resistance to Britain adopting the euro.  Twenty years later, the eurozone is a disaster and her position seems smarter than ever. 

Drew
Drew

Margaret Thatcher British PM (1979-1990)

Pushed through huge neoliberal reforms that hurt the working class!

This film looks very sad...albeit Ms Streep is Fabulous

God Save the Queen !

Vodkastinger
Vodkastinger

by all rites this movie should stink.  That awful woman who directed it (and Mamma Mia) doesn't seem to even understand the basics of film making (see the French and Saunders spoof of Mamma Mia).  But Meryl has turned shit in shinola before.  But I say let's wait and give her an oscar for August Osage County.

Larry
Larry

The release date was recently pushed back to Dec. 30, qualifying for the Oscars by about 24 hours.  Seems like the studio knows it's a dog. 

DidntLikeHerJuliaEither
DidntLikeHerJuliaEither

She'll probably get #3 this time, but I still say she's the most overated actress of all time. Let the hate commence...

Sakara
Sakara

streep is certainly one of the most BORING actors in the history of movies.

Megan
Megan

"Lacking some content" by omitting Thatcherism? Understatement of the year.

Farnes
Farnes

He said "context." Get it right.

Ralph
Ralph

LMAO at that bit, too.

Michael Khalsa
Michael Khalsa

I am conflicted about this film. But I am still gonna see it. Margaret Thatcher was a facist. I would hate this it if this film makes me be seen in a more positive light.

But you know what I sure the orginal preview and immediately thought of 'Mommie Dearest'. Poor Faye Meryl will get an oscar & 'Mommie Dearest' ruined Faye's once good reputation.  

Let us know what you think of the film Michael.

billyjoe
billyjoe

Faye Dunaway ruined her once good reputation all on her own....

Sakara
Sakara

fascist...fascist...fascist-----libs loving throwing that word around, even though 99.9 percent of libs don't know what it means.

obama is a fascist!

and peter sellers was a scumbag who didn't leave any money to his own kids in his will.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Isn't it written into the Academy of Motion PIcture Arts & Sciences Rulebook that Meryl Streep gets nominated whenever she does (so to speak) a Great Lady?

Debbie Reynolds got her only Oscar nomination for imitating Tammy Grimes in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

Mimicry -- it's what'll get Michelle Williams nominated, too, for that  fantasy film about Marilyn Monroe and a gofer who happened to be Sir Kenneth Clark's fantasizing son. The only sexy episode in his FIRST Marilyn Book "The Prince and the Showgirl and Me" was him getting a blowjob from an old queen and I don't mean Elizabeth.

Win
Win

And Cate Blanchett won for playing Katie Hepburn.

Wings
Wings

Agreed. but even if it's not great film, great perf, I'm there.

billyjoe
billyjoe

Phyllida Lloyd directed Streep in "Mamma Mia" and was roundly trashed for her film adaptation. However, Mia was pretty much critic-proof and went on to gross $300 million.  They should have hired a harder-edged and experienced director--like Stephen Frears or Neil Jordan--to film the Thatcher biopic.

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