"The Iron Lady"
Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:48 PM
I smell Oscar on the air...
Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:06 PM
Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:21 PM
I certainly plan to see it, but then like Cristian I'm a Streep fan. I understand the movie avoided some of the political shoals by concentrating on Thatcher in her troubled dotage, not a bad idea. I wasn't terribly impressed with Lloyd's direction of "Mamma Mia!" but it was her maiden effort and perhaps she's learning.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:24 AM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:48 AM
Your family was sadly misinformed, Cristian. One understands how and why the false impressions were formed, of course.
Oh, on the contrary. The government always tried to document and make available every single bit of Tatcher's moves and political posture, believe me. Taking sides on that matters definitely implied accepting her points of view. Just as with my rigid/non tolerant theater behavior philosophy, taking Tatcher's side-(as well as Reagan's)-was just a matter of the "If you're not with me you're against me" mantra. Never been a fan of the gray area.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:51 AM
Here in the UK it's the most popular film, currently No 1 in the chart, but it is mostly young people that are packing out the cinemas, Those of us that lived through the Thatcher years want to forget them.
It's been playing in the large cities but just extended to more theaters this week. In my area it's playing in one of the art houses.
Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:44 PM
The sequences that show Thatcher being groomed for the leadership are effective. I particularly liked the scene where Thatcher lectures her doctor for substituting the squishy "feel" for "think." Streep is terrific, even by her standards – a moving performance. The supporting cast is also excellent, although Jim Broadbent is not well served by the way in which the shade of Denis keeps popping up at odd times. I enjoyed Harry Lloyd and Alexandra Roach as the young couple, Richard E. Grant is a slinky Michael Heseltine, and Anthony Head, demoted from Prime Minister to put-upon deputy, is fine as Geoffrey Howe.
Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:42 PM
Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:51 PM
Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:14 PM
Also, does anyone know if Thatcher is really in such bad shape mentally (seeing and talking to her husband, Denis, eight years after his death for example). Is the screenplay just taking a lot of liberties with the life of the elderly Thatcher?
She probably is, Colleen - an Alzheimer's diagnosis speaks for itself, really. Thatcher's daughter has spoken out on her mother's illness and she did say that Thatcher often didn't remember her husband was dead. No doubt the scenes of Thatcher in decline are mostly imagined, but it doesn't mean the filmmakers are trying to show her in a poor light thereby - on the contrary. (When the senile Thatcher sees television footage of a terrorist attack, she imagines she is still PM and her immediate response is that condolences must be sent.)
Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:28 PM
And comparing the Falklands to the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor when she was meeting with Secretary of State, Alexander Haig. Did Haig really say nothing when Thatcher brought up that ridiculous analogy? Did that meeting really happen. I should do some online research and try to find out.
I was curious about that too, and I wasn't sure how we were meant to take the scene. I think it was intended to show Thatcher courageously telling off those bossy Americans, but it just comes off as strange.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:44 AM
Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:26 AM
Absolutely true about the devastation of Alzheimer's.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:43 AM
Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:55 PM
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