The Iron Lady


theironladyPhyllida Lloyd reunited with her Mamma Mia! star Meryl Streep for a biopic that shares the same problem as a similar movie from that year, J. Edgar. Both try to cram fragments from a fascinating, very eventful life into one neat package and end up with a simple history lesson that is unsatisfactory on a personal level. This one moves so fast between key events that some scenes come across as little more than music videos. Still, compelling at times in its depiction of dementia and buoyed by Streep’s outstanding performance as the lady who wouldn’t turn; the makeup is utterly convincing.

2011-Britain. 105 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Screenplay: Abi Morgan. Makeup: J. Roy Helland, Marese Langan, Mark Coulier. Cast: Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher), Jim Broadbent (Denis Thatcher), Olivia Colman (Carol Thatcher), Alexandra Roach, Harry Lloyd, Iain Glen… Richard E. Grant.

Oscars: Best Actress (Streep), Makeup. Golden Globe: Best Actress (Streep). BAFTA: Best Actress (Streep), Makeup and Hair.

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