måndag 13 februari 2012
My review of "The Iron Lady"
One of the strangest and most boring biopics I've seen in recent years... and I'll tell you why... Meryl Streep is pretty much wonderful in everything she does. If a woman out there dreams of becoming an actress then I would advise you to look up Meryl Streep's past work. She's absolutely incredible and quite a chameleont of an actress. This film is no exception, Meryl Streep is wonderful as always. You get to see Meryl Streep as a middle aged Margaret Thatcher as well as an old Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep has the ability to do anything as an actress.
Whether you like Margaret Thatcher or not has nothing to do with it. The film is incredibly boring in the sense that a big part of the film, maybe 40-50% is about what an old senile hag Margaret Thatcher has become. I mean that, literally. You'll get to see scenes of Margaret Thatcher going to a doctor to get her annual check-up, you'll get to see Margaret Thatcher cleaning out the closet after her late husband Denis etc. The film should have focused more on what Margaret Thatcher has achieved and hasn't achieved instead of what she's doing now, when she's out of office and almost never leaves her home. Margaret Thatcher is one of the most important figures of British politics.
I can't help but think that "The Iron Lady" is a total kiss-ass Oscar film. Thank god that it is only nominated in two categories, " Best Achievement in Makeup" which it most likely will win and of course the other is for Meryl Streep in the category of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role". I'm quite satisfied that it wasn't nominated for "Best Picture of the Year", although some of this years nominees are very replaceable as well.
The film is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who also directed Meryl Streep in "Mamma Mia" and written by Abi Morgan, which is quite strange considering that she's also written one of the best films of the year, "Shame". Meaning she had both one of the biggest hits of 2011 as well as one of the most disappointing films. Quite unique.
The acting was brilliant all around, Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher is great but a special shout out would have to go to a young woman by the name of Alexandra Roach who played the young Margaret Thatcher... What a force! She's one actress to look out for in the future... A young Meryl Streep in the making perhaps?
This is though, as many, a film that you will either love or hate.. it's not a bad film, certainly not... It's above avarage only thanks to the fine acting but it's just not quite what it could have been, at least that's my opinion.
My rating: 6/10