Whether you love, loathe or hold an indifferent opinion toward Margaret Thatcher, after watching this you are sure to realise the sheer ambition, will-power and above all, determination of the woman. The film leaves the most socialist among us with at least a pinch of respect for the grocers daughter from Grantham.

Set in the present day, the story is told through her own memories and the hallucinations she has of her dead husband Dennis; stretching from her acceptance into Oxford University to near the present day. In her old age it is clear she is beginning to lose her mind and gives further inclinations as to the sheer character of the woman as she refuses to admit she is going mad. She is confined to her house where she is kept a close eye on; it is even deemed dangerous when she goes out to the shop for some milk.

…her performance is incredibly touching and gives the viewer an emotive and personal insight into the demanding decisions a Prime Minister must make…

Streep handles her role as Thatcher in two distinct chapters in her life; that of being the Prime Minister and that of a being an old and lonely widow, expertly. Not only is her look and voice very convincing, but her performance is incredibly touching and gives the viewer an emotive and personal insight into the demanding decisions a Prime Minister must make, along with the psyche of a woman my Labour voting mother would have me shot for insisting had emotions.

The overall concept is simple yet powerful. So while the film deftly shows how a grocer’s daughter with a meagre background became the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain, it also shows how we can all consciously think and can form our own destiny; we all feel and act accordingly.

3.5 Stars

 

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