I freakin’ love Meryl Streep and was very interested in watching her play this role because if there ever was a perfect example of an actor born to play a specific character, this would be it…
The movie itself has received mixed reviews; some people complaining about historical accuracy, others finding the style a bit discordant. I’ve done a little homework on this and have found some of it to be a he-said, she-said kind of thing. I don’t know how much I care about that, I just really enjoy watching Meryl Streep, so maybe it doesn’t matter.
Anyway, the style can be a little tricky to follow as it’s set initially with Streep as Margaret Thatcher in an elderly state and somewhat losing her faculties. Ultimately, the backstory of Thatcher is played out through a series of flashbacks from her early years as a young woman to her terms serving as prime minister of England. There’s also quite a bit of focus on her relationship with her husband Denis (expertly played by Jim Broadbent) both in life and death as Thatcher has conversations with her deceased husband in her head during the more surreal, dementia-like moments.
It’s interesting to see what she went through getting to where she landed, quite impressive really. I especially liked watching her stomp on some of the more obnoxious male egos in the parliament segments.
Streep commands the screen whenever she’s on it, very hard to take your eyes off of and continues to demonstrate why she’s one of the most respected names in the biz nailing the role of Margaret Thatcher with passion and intensity.
If you like Meryl Streep and are interested in historical bio pics, this one is for you.
reviewed by Sean McKnight