Sunday, 18 March 2012
The Iron Lady 
The Iron Lady has achieved the rare distinction of being made while the person on whom this biopic has been made, viz. Margaret Thatcher, is still alive. The other recognition that this movie can safely aspire to is the critics reveling on Meryl Streep’s fine turn as the eponymous ‘Iron Lady’. These apart, there is hardly much to speak on this rather insipid, asinine and one-dimensional character study. One cannot tell the story of a powerful and controversial former political figure like Thatcher without taking a stance. Perhaps the director wanted to separate Thatcher the person from Thatcher the former British PM, in order to portray her stripped off the ensuing sociopolitical angles, but that, I felt, was a poor artistic choice on the director’s front. She is presented here as an aged lady suffering from acute dementia and reminiscing about her life through the fast deteriorating mind of hers – consequently most of the action takes place in the present interspersed with occasional flashbacks. But, this desire of playing it safe by not bringing in much sociopolitical contextualization or commentary into the storyline turned this into a morose account of a dementia-stricken old lady than what it ought to have been. Further, whenever the narrative became anywhere near interesting, as in the chronicling of Thatcher’s political maneuverings or the hugely controversial Falklands War, the director cut them short and reverted to the present – a peculiar decision that made the film even more meaningless and tiresome to watch.
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Genre: Drama/Political Drama/Biopic