The Iron Lady – Movie Review

Movie Title: The Iron Lady


Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn

Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head and Richard E Grant

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Producer: Damian Jones

Writer: Abi Morgan

Genre: Documentary, Biography

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Phyllida Lloyd’s directed much-in-talks and waited flick, ‘The Iron Lady’ has eventually released worldwide. The movie, as was projected and hyped, is on the life and career of the UK’s most famous former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Abi Morgan is the script writer of the film. The movie has been quite on the headlines and since it has released, will initially do fetch the masses’ turn out but in the later days, the actual result at the box office will come up.

Meryl Streep plays the main character of the film portraying Margaret Thatcher in the movie. Meryl’s classy acting in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) essaying Miranda Priestly was what the cinegoers loved and fell in the magic. She had received her 14th nomination for Academy Award for this film. In 2008’s flick, ‘Mamma Mia’, her role as Donna Sheridan was well-received by the masses. Both of these films grabbed huge fan following for her.

Now with this latest release of her ‘The Iron Lady’ (2011), she is expected to multiply her audience as well.  Along with her, two other actors – Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant play the main leads in the movie.

The script of the film is superlative. It has been penned with mastery skills and the execution on screen is marvelous that depicts the frames in a manner that the audiences get bound to watch the flick till the climax. Dishing out a biographical flick on celluloid is not an easy work to do, but the master filmmaker Phyllida Lloyd does the job with such finesse that you love to bestow the distinction marks.

The Iron Lady happens to be a biographical work on the life and the career of the UK’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was the most famous political personality of her reign in the world. She was the most influential leader of the UK and the world. She grabbed the headlines throughout her ruling of the powerful country of the world.

The Iron Lady pours light on her – how she entered into the world of politics and what sufferings she faced to finally become the first PM of the UK? The movie focuses on her political career thoroughly as to describing how she used to take decisions and everything about her. It is an utter visual biography on Margaret Thatcher (played by Meryl Streep).

The direction of the film is first rate. Although there are some flaws like somewhere in between the flow, the movie gets slow, but overall when the product is scrumptious, these kinds of minor things can be ignored. The director is a brilliant story teller. Since this kind of movie requires the expert skills and requires the director to present it like a documentary on screen, the director has done the job supremely.

He is further supported and complimented best by the screenplay writer, who deserves applauds. The cinematography and editing are remarkable.

Meryl Streep is all over the film. It is her show all the way. She does the best job of her career. She might be considered for another Oscar nomination for this film. Rest of the cast does fine as well.

Final Verdict by the Critic:

On the whole, The Iron Lady is a brilliantly made docu-drama, a bio sketch on the life and career of Margaret Thatcher. A MUST WATCH!

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