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Movie Review: The Iron Lady

Alternate Title: Force of Nature

Story: Meryl Streep is the only actress able to pull off such a virtuoso performance as the Uber-Conservative Margaret Thatcher, that actually allowed me to feel for her. I was not a fan of Margaret Thatcher but this biopic which spans 40 years of her life had me enthralled. It was skillfully directed by Phyllida Lloyd, written by Abi Morgan and based on John Campbell's two volume biography.

As she clears away the belongings of her deceased husband, Denis, we see her life through flashbacks. The onset of dementia is evident and her weakened state is quite a contrast to the force of nature that she was in recent British history.

We watch her rise in the Conservative Party as the lonely pair of heels in a sea of wingtips. She is seen as a strong willed, uncompromising, stubborn Conservative who changed British politics. The touches of file footage are a reminder of the troubled times that was her reign as the first female British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Those that have a problem with the sketchiness of the vignettes should probably read a book to fill in the blanks.

The film is about politics, of course - but without really taking a side, the filmmaker has portrayed this most powerful woman in a very human way. I highly recommend this film to one and all.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU4QXcxs4_s

Acting: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher is nothing short of brilliant. Brava! Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher is always good. Alexandra Roach as Young Margaret Thatcher does a fine job of channeling Meryl Streep via Margaret Thatcher. The entire supporting cast was superb including: Olivia Colman (Carol Thatcher), Roger Allam (Gordon Reece), Susan Brown (June), Nick Dunning (Jim Prior), Nicholas Farrell (Airey Neave), Iain Glen (Alfred Roberts), Richard E. Grant (Michael Heseltine), , Harry Lloyd (Young Denis Thatcher) and Anthony Head (Geoffrey Howe).

Predilection: I like to see Oscar nominees and their films.

Trivia: Director Phyllida Lloyd in the Independent on Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - she came no. 56, a new entry.
She also directed Streep in the very awful, Mamma Mia.

Critters: None

Food: Soft boiled eggs and lots of tea and whiskey.

Sex Spectrum: None

Opening Titles: A short sequence showing the old Margaret Thatcher buying a pint of milk in a local grocery. All credits, other than the title are at the end.

Visual Art: Beautiful detail throughout.

Theater Audience: Four other people.

Weather: Very nice for London.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Oh my, yes. Streep deserves yet another Oscar.

Big Screen or Rental: I always vote for the big screen

Length: 105 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 9