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 premiership. 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 Margaret 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 (2010). Streep subsequently presented Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012). So in a span of three years, lead acting Oscars were awarded for portrayals of the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and Emperor of India, the British Prime Minister and the President of the United States. See more »
Early in the film, Thatcher and her husband are at a performance of Norma at Covent Garden in London. The date on the program is 1950, and Maria Callas plays Norma. Callas did not debut in London until 1952, and the recording of Callas used in the film was recorded in 1954. See more »
This film had so much potential to open peoples eyes to one of the most influential politicians of the time and all it does is focus on an elderly persons slide into dementia.
Approximately two thirds of the film is spent on the post 2003 era (post Dennis Thatchers death) with Thatcher wandering round her flat, talking with her daughter, hallucinating about Dennis, throwing clothes out etc etc. Not only is this thoroughly depressing but it is also so frustrating as you are forced to sit through Streep doing her "I want an Oscar, I want an Oscar" sales pitch.
There were so many highly charged/globally reported moments and periods throughout her prime minister-ship which were just brushed over or completely skipped - the poll tax (which attracts about 5mins of the film), the miners strikes (less than 5 minutes), the Iranian embassy siege (no mention of at all), the Falklands war (maybe 15 minutes but deserved so much more), the policy of privatisations (minimal), and crucially the impact her leadership had on the country (nothing). And this is before raising the events that developed her into the women she was - all that is provided here is a few flashbacks to her father speaking in public. There is no real mention of her fight for the leadership, nothing on her career before politics, and very little about her developmental years (university etc).
In summary it just seems this film was out to try and get in the running for as many Oscars as it could and they didn't care if they screwed any one over to get there.
Not only is Margaret Thatchers retirement private but her declining health should not be used as an opportunity for someone to get in the running for an Oscar. Have some respect!
If they were after a film which created an emotional reaction they certainly succeeded.
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