The Iron Lady (2011) – A review

I don’t deny the fact that I went to the cinema hall heavily biased with Meryl Streep’s magnificence, knowing the fact that has she recently won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award and a BAFTA award for this role of hers and also that she has been one of those actresses who has mesmerized me by her acting every time when she was on screen. She is a masterpiece and she sure stands by her dazzling stature in every character she plays, including the Iron Lady. She never disappoints you. Every time I complete watching her movie, I think there cannot be any more heights in the field of acting that one can conquer, but with her every next movie, Meryl Streep proves me wrong. She has actually proved that true talent is unfathomable and limitless.

The Iron Lady starts off wonderfully and keeps you glued with its intriguing storytelling. It presents you 3 very important phases of a person’s life, which tells you everything about that person. These 3 phases are extremely important in understanding that person, as that person is no normal human being. She was one of those exceptional people that human race has rarely witnessed. Margret Thatcher, England’s first woman Prime Minister is the Iron Lady. She has been portrayed keeping her charismatic persona and her never-say-die attitude intact. You can very well feel her nerves of steel and her attitude to change whatever is wrong around her. I was so glad that they didn’t try to mingle with the character and try to add fictional elements in it otherwise it would have ruined everything. Some stories are best untouched and I am happy that the filmmakers respected that.

The film starts with Margret Thatcher in her old age and time around 1990 where it describes how she is dealing with her personal battles. This phase is described as the price she paid in her personal life for her political career. Her dynamic youth and her years as Prime Minister are perfectly blended with her old age as her flashbacks. It is woven and delivered beautifully as a progressing storyline. The way when she is signing books and accidently signs as Margret Roberts instead of Margret Thatcher, that moment at dining table when she sees the cutlery besides her plate and that gesture of her to wait at a door for a second after closing it and overhearing her colleagues talk about her – there is only one word for that, ‘Masterpiece’. Even some of those scenes when she is the Prime Minister of England are compelling and well crafted. The scene when she comes to power and walks to her office in 10 Downing street, other scene when her assistant is stitching a button on her dress and her cabinet ministers are demanding a statement on current recession, or the scene when United States’ secretary of defense comes to meet Thatcher regarding the ongoing Falklands war or the Parliament sessions, all of them are brilliant.

It is needless to say that there is no actor in the world who could play Margret Thatcher better than Meryl Streep. The way she has put on her character in this film, her involvement, her efforts and her commitment is well evident from what we get to see on the screen. Not for a second you can realize that her British accent is not real. This article is not at all sufficient to appreciate what Streep has delivered for this movie. Another great thing about this movie apart from acting and screenplay is its makeup and dressing team. A lot of people have said that there were better contenders for dressing and makeup category’s Oscar award this year but I think that it is well deserved. Meryl Streep was presented perfectly as Margret Thatcher during her power years as well as her makeup during her old age scenes was mind blowing. It was so convincing that after sometime you stop seeing Meryl Streep as a character and you start watching only Margret Thatcher. All in all, a terrific movie and a timeless tour de force. It’s a must watch for Meryl Streep fans, a fantastic movie for political movie fans and biopic fans, and a no-goer for others as it is not a piece of entertainment. It is a serious biographical work and it is not meant for entertaining the whole mass of crowd. I am yet to see J.Edgar so cannot give a word on which biopic is better. But this one surely does go down as Streep’s best works so far.


About Dip Dhingani

An iOS developer, a blogger, a tech freak and a startup enthusiast.

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