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Running Time:
1 hour, 45 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some violent images and brief nudity

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Though not particularly illuminating as a historical biopic, it features another amazing performance by Meryl Streep.

Additional Info:
Meryl Streep ... Margaret Thatcher
Jim Broadbent ... Denis Thatcher
Susan Brown ... June
Alice da Cunha ... Cleaner
Phoebe Waller-Bridge ... Susie
Iain Glen ... Alfred Roberts
Alexandra Roach ... Young Margaret
Victoria Bewick ... Muriel Roberts
Emma Dewhurst ... Beatrice Roberts
Olivia Colman ... Carol Thatcher

The Iron Lady
 The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep: DVD Cover We first meet Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) as she's in her twilight years in seclusion and grieving the loss of her husband Denis (Jim Broadbent). Then in flashback we watch her grow from a determined young conservative (played by Alexandra Roach) to the first female British Prime Minister battling the IRA, unions, Argentinians over the Falkland islands and finally, treachery in her own government.

Throughout The Iron Lady, director Phyllida Lloyd ("Mamma Mia"), uses the feminist hero perspective to tell Thatcherís story and with good reason. Politics is still is a manís world and Thatcher broke down doors as a woman of no compromise. Less effective is the sub-plot focusing on Thactherís grief over her husbandís death, as she battles with hallucinations and an unwillingness to let go of his memory. Many emotional moments present themselves but they prove to be more of a distraction than an addition to the proceedings.

While some moments aren't particularly effective, the performances are quite impressive. Jim Broadbent is perfect as the comical and slightly annoying Denis, but it is Meryl Streep who nails her portrayal of Thatcher, capturing the ambition, quick wit and ruthlessness that the great conservative leader was known for.

As an intimate portrait of an elderly woman crumbling into dementia, The Iron Lady often works remarkably well. But no matter how talented and dedicated its star is, the film is mostly a bizarre amalgamation of archival footage, half-baked montages, hallucinations that push the bounds of poetic license straight into the gray area of questionable taste, and plain old tedium.

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