In case you were wondering: Yes, Meryl Streep is our greatest living actress. There is clearly no role this woman can’t play, as her Oscar-winning performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady attests.
The movie itself is a mess, which makes Streep’s accomplishment stand out even more. Director Phyllida Lloyd shows the elderly Thatcher puttering around her house, having imagined conversations with her late husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent). As she observes the changing world around her, Thatcher recalls key moments in her life, from her days as a politically aware teenager to her controversial run as Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Director: Phyllida Lloyd Writer: Abi Morgan Actors: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher, Olivia Colman as Carol Thatcher, a lot of British character actors as politicians Rating: PG-13 Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes IMDB Link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1007029/
Plot: An aging Margaret Thatcher looks back on her life and career, while carrying on imaginary conversations with her late husband, Denis.
As the title of The Iron Lady attests, Margaret Thatcher really does seem to be made of something harder than flesh and bone. Her bold refusal to accommodate male privilege turned a grocer’s daughter into the most powerful woman on earth – and one of the most hated. She never flinched and never took off her pearls. No wonder the Soviets gave her that nickname.