An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
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Elderly and a virtual prisoner in her own home due to her concerned staff and daughter Carol, Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first woman prime minister, looks back on her life as she clears out her late husband Denis's clothes for the Oxfam shop. Denis is seen as being her rock as she first enters parliament and then runs for the leadership of the Conservative Party, culminating in her eventual premiereship. Now his ghost joins her to comment on her successes and failures, sometimes to her annoyance, generally to her comfort until ultimately, as the clothes are sent to the charity shop, Denis departs from Margaret's life forever. Written by
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Meryl Streep was named Best Actress of the Year at the Academy Awards for her performance as Margret Thatcher in this film. The Oscar was presented to her by Colin Firth who was named Best Lead Actor the year before for his performance as King George VI in The King's Speech. Streep subsequently presented Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. So in a span of three years, lead acting Oscars were awarded for portrayals of the King England, the British Prime Minister and the President of the United States. See more »
When Margaret Thatcher is in a room with three of her cabinet members and two others discussing the economy and budget cuts, The door behind them is alternately open and closed between shots. See more »
There's no doubt about it: Meryl Streep will be nominated for her 17th Academy Award for her portrayal of Britain's most controversial Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in this otherwise underwhelming biopic. Streep is mesmerizing as usual, but the mode of storytelling employed by screenwriter Abi Morgan and director Phyllida Lloyd sporadic flashbacks among elongated stretches of following the elderly and mentally fragile Maggie is a huge misfire. The scenes which recount her path from young adulthood through to local politics and then to her 11 years of turbulent leadership are intriguing, however they are too far and few between to really grip. Sure, it checks off the list as far as famous moments go, but a more in depth insight into how she ran the country would've been nice.
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