Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher: The First Review


The Guardian has seen The Iron Lady, with the esteemed Meryl Streep as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and they’re not afraid to tell us about it.

The film, they say, is a “breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher’s life and times.”

They insist that it’s lacking some context — it’s “Thatcher without Thatcherism.”

But Meryl?

She scored as Anna Wintour. She rocked as Julia Child.

And how does she do as Missy Maggie?

She’s “the one great weapon of this often silly and suspect picture,” gushes the critic.

“Her performance is astonishing and all but flawless; a masterpiece of mimicry.”

I expected nothing less. Another nomination seems assured.

But wait a minute — in one scene, she even dances with her husband to the King and I soundtrack!

Isn’t that good enough for you to go all the way, Oscar?

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