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The Iron Lady (2011)

Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant,
Rated M
Reviewed by Tara Burton.

MERYL Streep stars in this biographical film The Iron Lady, which follows the life of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

The story is narrated through a number of flashbacks with Alexandra Roach playing the young Margaret Thatcher.

These flashbacks encapsulate her family life as well as the start of her journey into politics and alternate with the present time where Baroness Thatcher is suffering from dementia.

In her confused state of mind she sees illusions of her late husband Denis.

Denis passed away eight years earlier and Baroness Thatcher struggles with the daunting task of cleaning out his belongings.

As she does this she reminiscences about her life and the flashbacks come into play.

Short snippets of the Brighton bombing, the Falklands war, IRA attacks and the Poll Tax Riots were an interesting addition to the film.

Meryl Streep’s screen presence was powerful and her portrayal of Baroness Thatcher was nothing short of extraordinary.

If you have an interest in politics, and in particular Margaret Thatcher’s reign as British Prime Minister, then I’m certain you
will thoroughly enjoy The Iron Lady.