The Iron Lady (2012)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, Roger Allam, Harry Lloyd, Alexandra Roach, Richard E. Grant

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

PG-13. 104 mins.

An easily forgettable film with an unforgettable performance. Streep’s (Oscar-winning) portrayal of Thatcher is brilliantly accurate and assured. Unfortunately, she and the rest of the talented cast are directed by an amateur. The director’s previous film credits include the abismal Mamma Mia! so it’s not a surprise that in deciding to direct this inspirational and complex tale, Lloyd has bitten off more than she can chew. It’s clear that this screenplay aimed to show a more human side to the Iron Lady but in doing so, it sacrifices some much needed historical lessons for those who didn’t personally experience her time as Prime Minister. Thatcher’s story is a fascinating one and it’s a shame that this film neither educates nor entertains us enough to leave an impact – * * 1/2

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