Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Iron Lady

‘The Iron Lady’ is a biographical film about Margaret Thatcher, the former and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, portrayed by Meryl Streep.  Her husband Dennis, played by Jim Broadbent, makes his brief appearances when she talks to his ghost and reality and memories of the past (with the young Dennis played by Harry Lloyd) melt into surreal imaginings.

No matter what one might have thought of  Thatcher’s politics, the film is truly remarkable at what it is, the depiction of a highly controversial woman. Streep is superb as Mrs. T and depicts her vulnerability as dementia takes hold of her and as she is about to lose her past, showing the key events of her life as Prime Minister which made her one of the20th century’s most famous and influential woman.

The film might be a bit single-minded missing out everything that made her a unique and formidable figure especially the most current one, i.e., her strong arguments against any involvement in the European Monetary Union and membership of the Euro and her much ridiculed prediction that a single currency could not accommodate industrial powerhouses such as Germany and backwards countries such as Greece.