A British biopic, staring Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, about power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.
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Great performance but a hagiography that whitewashes the endemic abuses of Conservatism. Just as the UK is finding out with Theresa May, having a woman as a leader is hardly a feminist victory when she fails to stand up for and support rudimentary women's rights - and don't get me started on the suppression of unions leading to the subjugation of labourers with the 'stubbornness as strength' ethos of governing.
Biopic at its laziest. Unless Lloyd's goal was to exploit Thatcher's final years of dementia for ridicule, she has squandered the film's complex, polarizing subject. Significant chapters in modern British history glossed over in musical montages? Really? A more incisive film could have picked a single conflict -- unions, IRA, Falklands -- and drilled into each of Thatcher's decisions to reveal the woman within.
Very underwhelming. Instead of a flashback-ridden spectacle with drab, dreary, mundane scenery, it would've been much more fascinating to depict her story coherently from humble beginnings as a grocery store operator to one of the most powerful and enigmatic politicians of the twentieth century. The film makes her into a dim, slightly interesting character and chooses to showcase no real insight or moral.
Those stars are saved by the again powerful performance of Meryl Streep against the underdeveloped script. And yeah,this is not a story about the ex Prime Minister of UK,but its more of a personal story of letting go and reminiscence of the past. And i enjoyed it.
The speculative framing device provides an annoying and overly-repetitive structure to a drama that dips and scrapes into ‘key’ moments of Thatcher’s life resulting in a bitty survey of an important political figure. One never really gets a sense of the woman or her times, jumping as it does from 1970s economic meltdown through to an unexplained mid-80s boom. A superbly judged central performance nevertheless.
Fragments of memory congeal into a fascinatingly fractured portrait of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest serving Prime Minister. By now we've all heard about Streep's phenomenal performance, but the film itself is a remarkable achievement in itself. More than just a biopic, the film is a series of impressions as Thatcher recalls events through a haze of dementia, becoming something ultimately tender & moving.