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  • The Lady sweeps you off your feet

    Ameet Bhuvan (2,108 DM Points)

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    3.0
    Desimartini | Updated - March 01, 2012 13:40 PM IST
    3.1DM (169 ratings)

    Verdict - A weak script salvaged by an astounding performance

    The Iron LadyWatch trailerRelease date : March 02, 2012



    Biopics are tricky, finding the right balance between performances and a script that dissects the individual's life is difficult. The Iron Lady manages to throw up a powerhouse performance; however as a film it is mediocre.

    The movie begins with an aging and dementia ridden Thatcher, who is hallucinating about her dead husband still being around her, and reflecting on her life.

    Random episodes from her eventful life flash out, as memories in her fragile mind pop up out of nowhere. The film then takes us into the world of a young Thatcher, an ambitious free spirited girl who would place only her husband and father at par with herself while dominating every other being in her sight.

    From here, the movie focuses on Thatcher the politician, touching upon her tumultuous and controversial reign over Britain with an Iron fist.

    Problem with the film is that the makers choose to touch upon too many things and incidents in Thatcher's life at the cost of a cerebral and incisive analysis of key events that defined the lady and her career. There are all the milestones that any history buff can identify with, yet there is no moral or political angle to it. Her flaws are pointed out, yet none of her impact on Britain and world history is accounted for. Nothing is examined enough, since the film is seen through Thatchers view point and sorely lacks a counter argument to her analysis of events.

    What makes one overlook these flaws however is the astounding performance by Meryl Streep as Thatcher the Prime Minister, and Thatcher the old lady with dementia. She manages to put up a multifaceted portrait of Thatcher, encompassing her insecurities, her rigidity, utter contempt for her colleagues and a zeal for dominance. Meryl rises above the lopsided script, making Thatcher a study of growing old, losing trust and doubting ones abilities as well as of those around you.

    Her nuances and subtlety take this turn as Thatcher right next to her portrayal of Julia Child in Julie and Julia, one of the all-time great performances of our times. She makes an otherwise mediocre movie into an immensely watchable affair. Watch this one only for her.

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  • Shalu

    Shalu

    3 Reviews
    Rated 3.0May 19, 2012

    The iron lady

    The iron lady is very good movie

  • Ameet Bhuvan

    Ameet Bhuvan

    399 Reviews , 118 Followers
    Rated 3.0March 01, 2012

    The Lady sweeps you off your feet

    Biopics are tricky, finding the right balance between performances and a script that dissects the individual's life is difficult. The Iron Lady man...read more