The Iron Lady Review


The Iron Lady


Reviewed by Delphi Ellis

Starring: Meryl Street, Jim Broadbent
Rating: 12A
Length: 1hr 45 minutes
Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

At the age of 34, a grocer's daughter changed the face of politics by becoming the first woman in the history of Britain to join Parliament.  Born Margaret Roberts this controversial woman became most famously known as The Iron Lady; a fitting title for this movie about the professional and personal life of Baroness Margaret Thatcher (played by Meryl Streep).

Streep forces the viewer – through incredible attention to detail – to understand the woman behind the iron mask and her sense of unwavering duty to her country, in spite of the damage this did to her relationship with her children and devoted husband, Dennis (Jim Broadbent).

With actual footage from significant events during her leadership including the Brighton bombing, Falklands conflict and miners strikes you will do well not to be moved by the memories this may evoke.  Even if you're too young to remember this era, the way in which this story unfolds with moving scenes between Margaret and Dennis as she battles with dementia, you won't fail to see that whilst she was not someone to be challenged, in the end she is not The Iron Lady after all.

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