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The Iron Lady Review, or La Streep Is Beautiful, But This Film Is Not


Despite sounding like a movie about Josef Stalin's wife, this is actually about Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain. And to answer the number one FAQ: Yes, she still lives.

"Yes, I'm alive. And so is my hat."

Seeing Meryl Streep in her Oscar-winning performance made me realize that La Streep, even with make-up to make her look old, still looks very attractive. Also, she can do a decent British accent.

"I can also sing British New Wave songs on karaoke."

This film, however, is quite boring. First, because it makes Thatcher's Alzheimer's an integral part of the story. I'm not even sure she had Alzheimer's, to be honest.

"What do you mean you're not sure?"

Second, there wasn't really any strong narrative. Like, if Thatcher was played by any other actress, I wouldn't even watch this.


And so to draw in the younger audiences, the casting department decided to throw in one actor from Harry Potter, and three actors from Game of Thrones.

Professor Horace Slughorn
Jim Broadbent

"Sometimes I'm mistaken for Alan Alda."

Magister Illyrio Mopatis
Roger Allam


Viserys Targaryen
Harry Lloyd

"Want a pretzel?"

Ser Jorah Mormont
Iain Glen

"I won't get to fuck Daenerys in Season 2? Why?"

If they altered reality a little bit and featured Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan having sex, that might've drawn a bigger box office crowd.

The Iron Lady. UK/France. 2011.

Rating: Six out of ten.


La Streep truly deserves the Oscar for Best Actress. And I really, really enjoyed Slughorn and, most especially, Viserys' performances here as well. Playing the husband of a powerful woman is a tricky thing and they both played him just perfect. I just wonder, though, if his was truthful to the real person that he was. Hmmm. ;D

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