The Iron Lady

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by Britni McDonald

I'm ashamed to admit that before seeing The Iron Lady, I didn't know much about Margaret Thatcher. And as a woman who is passionate about shattering a glass ceiling that still persists and redefining gender roles that are ever-present even today, it's even more of a disgrace I didn't have her on my list of heroes. So what a benefit to myself and so many others that the movie was made. What a fascinating person!

I thought using flash backs and flash forwards was a smart artistic choice. It was an intimate way of allowing the audience to understand each facet of her life and how they were all connected. However, I felt they spent too much time highlighting her today as an old woman at her weakest point. I would have liked to see more of her young life and her rise to becoming the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Although I can appreciate what they were trying to do-- giving an authentic glimpse into her life without any sugar coating-- I think the extent of her accomplishments in just one lifetime is more than enough reason to make this more of a tribute film instead. She deserves to be known and remembered for her successes rather than her current battle with dementia.

There was no surprise Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for 'Best Actress' for this role. I predicted that outcome about halfway through viewing the film. She's without a doubt one of, if not the, most brilliant actors in Hollywood. She perfectly encapsulated Margaret in each stage of her life. Props to make up and wardrobe for being so convincing as well.

Definitely a must-see.
 

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