The Iron Lady (2011) - Biography, Drama

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21

Watchable

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.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent
Length: 105 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 68 out of 369 found boring (18.42%)

One-line Reviews (199)

And such a delivery is a real disservice not just to an audience craving some real glimpse into the life of the first female leader of the Western world, but to both Thatcher and Meryl Streep themselves, whose riveting performance is lost in a film with no real direction, focus or substance.

Grant) could probably have gone easier on the villainous melodrama, but to hold this against the film would be obsessive, narcissistic nit-picking, a cowardly waste of a life that Lady Thatcher would be ashamed of.

As anyone remotely interested enough about this iconic prime minister who dragged Britain out of the dark ages will know after five minutes of research it was her voice and how it carried that made others cower and allow themselves to be railroaded into line to form a firmly run Conservative party that was so successful.

They really try hard to make the film look like a top quality film production instead of some dull TV movie that Meryl Streep happens to star in.

Stunning movie, Streep deserved her Oscar for her performance.

I found the flashbacks tiresome and confusing, especially early on in the movie, where they are short and frequent.

Seeing her decrepit form wrestle with the price of milk and living such a lonely life was a gripping tale of what happens to many of our high profile leaders...

Dull as dishwater .

"The Iron Lady" takes a very confusing and rather uneventful approach.

Now I was going into this movie with high hopes, basing on the fact Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her role and how this film was nominated for many others, but I must say I was very disappointed by this movie, it was boring, all it focused on was her struggling with dementia when it should have focused on Margaret Thatcher's career.

The first theme is about the fight of an old woman with the Alzheimer disease, the loneliness of the old age and the feeling of loss she is encountering having lost her partner of a life, a partner she most of the time neglected as she was engaging on the most thrilling career a woman could engage in the late 20th century.

It occurred to me that the film would have been far more interesting, story-wise, if it had centered on a single episode in Thatcher's life that was evocative of what she was about.

She is riveting in an ill-conceived film.

Maudlin in parts, nasty in others, but all round crass, corny, confused and dull dull dull.

Shameful and empty .

I left the theater wondering what I was supposed to get out of the movie.

With all of that said, take away Streeps wonderful performance and you're left with one of the worst movies of the year and something so boring and lifeless that it's doubtful it would find its way onto the made-for-TV level.

But if you are looking at a truly fascinating study of old age, the failings of memory, and ultimately dementia then look no further.

I mentioned the film felt distracted and drab.

It is undeniably an interesting and even an intriguing film, though very far from being a great or even an outstanding one.

More aptly titled "The Demented Dreamer", the piece manages to be neither literal nor artistic, just downright pretentious; what it's pretending to be is a vehicle for Meryl Streep to ape Thatcher's bloody-mindedness (competently done) whilst attempting to force the audience into being sympathetic to a poor old dear struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband.

It only devastates me that in many shots she has to play an empty codger instead of projecting the courage of Thatcher as a whole.

The biggest problem that this film has is that it somehow managed to take one of the most fascinating, controversial political figureheads of our time and made a film about her that curiously isn't very compelling.

I was very disappointed with the movie, it was sloppy, there was no plot, and it tried to force points through with historical footage and hope that the audience just sort of knew what was going on the entire time.

Confusing for those who do not know the work of Thatcher.

There really wasn't a plot, the directing SUCKED, and the flashback sequences were so disjointed.

Thanks to the mesmerizing performance by Meryl Streep , it is worth watching at least once.

Broadbent is a very engaging Denis Thatcher.

The propriety of this approach to the portrayal of a still-living person has of course been questioned, but it is a compelling, though hackneyed narrative device.

By the same token, the Falklands conflict, the riots, the strikes and any number of other nationally significant events during Thatcher's premiership would all form the basis of compelling movies.

Even though she is immersed in imaginary conversations with Denis, she is preparing to dispose of his clothes eight years after his death at the behest of her daughter Carol.

First of all; no, this absolutely is not a horrible movie but it still is one that makes some very odd choices with its story and approach, making this a very bland and ultimately forgettable movie.

bottom line, hated it, don't waste your time or money.

A boring disappointment, .

For a biopic- it's pretty boring.

The Iron LadyThe format of the feature is dull, familiar and predictable with a weak structure that collapses before it even emerges in front of the audience and unfortunately that window is quite narrow.

Well, failed twice then, because it was poorly developed and emotionally empty.

It is not the film we all expected to be made of Thatcher, but it is better in some ways, because it takes us in an unexpected direction.

The name of the film stems from soviet journalists colloquial nickname for Thatcher who was a steadfast figure during the most intense period of the Cold War.

Meryl Streep is really the only reason to watch this film--her performance as Margaret Thatcher is simply brilliant, but other than that, this film is rather dull and, at times, boring.

I found the political story in the film to be fascinating as well as the more personal story of no matter how big, or tall we were in the past that we still have to confront our own demons, to be true to life and very well researched and a good character study.

This is a very shallow film that spends way too much time with her imagining that her late husband is still alive, and the back and forth in time picture making methodology is really tiresome after awhile.

She makes everything worth watching, although this movie came very close to being an exception.

I found the whole dementia plotting to be more than a little distasteful and unnecessary; it gets repetitive after a while and doesn't really add anything to the story.

In short, she is fascinating every second she is on screen.

To me, the film feels a little repetitive.

Very good acting, but rather dull story telling .

How boring is that?

We still enjoyed it though, plus THAT performance, so 7/10.

Instead of focusing on an area of her life someone has decided that since Streep is in it that they can do whatever, namely, confusing chronological time lines.

I am giving a minus because the mix of present and flashbacks was a little overdone, chaotic and hard to follow.

She was so woefully immersed in her own lies she probably really did think she was doing good.

For now, The Iron Lady is a tantalisingly prologue, and abridged version of an engrossing life.

Anyhow this movie is worth watching for Meryl Streep's honest portrayal of Margaret Thathcer.

This is the first dull movie I've seen this year.

Based on their fleeting treatment, her early life in Grantham, relationship with her parents, courtship with Denis Thatcher, and later family life (particularly with her children) would all make for fascinating films in their own right.

Command Performance of the 21st Century is Marred by Confusing and Detached Script .

Here she has written a somewhat accurate but dreary screenplay.

We never really get into Margaret's head, due to the fact that the film is so distractingly jumpy, inconsistent, and confusing.

That's a certainly fascinating subject...

The point is, it's grey and bland and boring.

It is propaganda from Hollywood.

Any actual history is drowned by a romanticised portrait of an old lady with Alzheimer's, which is fine, but pretty bland given how unique she was.

I gave it a higher score than I otherwise would have, due to Ms. Streep's performance, which was riveting, as always.

Still, a stunning movie, for the importance of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, for the acting of Streep, and for the makeup that also won an Oscar.

Bored me to tears, utterly horrible Oscar bait.

A missed opportunity to tell a potentially fascinating story .

The story was uninteresting at times, the flashback scenes were a bit muddled and a little confusing.

DT gives MT a human face and the humor that makes the Iron Lady very enjoyable.

As much as I don't wish to minimize her affliction, what was fascinating about Thatcher is what occurred long before her illness.

The use of sound and music is very, very effective, especially in conveying the sense of confusion and alienation at the start.

This movie has some moments where you glimpse the intriguing character of Thatcher...

This would work if used as a starting point, but as the film grinds on, you eventually realize that THAT is all the movie is about: Margaret Thatcher as a senile old woman remembering, in fits and starts, various disjointed and isolated memories of her time as Britain's first female prime minister.

Film projects like this, with the endless repetition of a tiresome one-trick flashback device & general "look at me I'm SO artistic" feel are what drive me to cognac & tinned Coke.

he or she in the end is no different from we common people, what's the purpose to make the movie or the book still worth watching or reading?

Instead, what we get is a boring drama about an aging person's descent into dementia.

It's interesting how the protagonist's main conflict in the film was not her rise to power from grocer's daughter to Prime Minister but instead her inner conflict in her later years--retaining her dignity while surrounded by younger people who are convinced she's gone batty, forgiving herself for not being a more attentive mother and wife, accepting widowhood, and giving in to the realities of mundane life.

For the audience; however, the film is just so much more intriguing to watch young Margaret develop her ideas about helping yourself vs.

It was quite compelling, her performance, both of when Ms. Thatcher was prime minister and after when she keeps having images of her late husband speaking to her.

Mere biopics are dull; I cannot recall ever having seen an interesting one.

But even with that, a film about her life should have made for the fascinating story that I'm sure it was.

The little that is shown of her political life tends to be confusing at times.

However, I really hope she does not get the Oscar for this performance, as through the screenplay, we are not really given a very interesting, insightful, or even exciting film.

A too major part of the film is Thatcher as an elderly, dementia-hounded lady entertaining the ghost of her devoted husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent), letting him go, looking at family photos, and brilliantly imitating the motions of an old woman while the real action of the story like the invasion of the Falklands is given too little time.

It makes this a mostly very bland movie to watch.

This made it at times fascinating and at times plain redundant as the audience is quite familiar with the historical events it depicts and the film, quite frankly, doesn't add anything new to what everyone already knows or imagines.

they were so repetitive it became almost comical.

Stunning Performance .

What we have here is a thin and rather dull story about an old lady's deteriorating health, punctuated along the way with flashbacks to the events that shaped her career.

Some will struggle with the film's structure but the initial discomfort should be tolerated for the story to be told is compelling.

Of course Meryl Streep totally pulls this off and through the present loneliness and sometimes confusion, the strong and persistent iron lady remains clearly visible.

I fell asleep during part of it.

It also made the film VERY confusing and difficult to follow--and the sequence is quite jarring.

In rare moments, the storyline takes flight and is then quelled, its brushfires stomped out, by the director's and editor's apparent overweening desire to bore the viewer.

The recurring scenes throughout the movie of the older Thatcher hearing and even seeing her husband long-passed on was getting quite tiresome.

While it can be touching at times, the repetition of fugue-state flashbacks is tedious and confusing, and does nothing to illuminate Thatcher's character and political ideals.

Also too much focus on the Falklands war which may have been big in Britain but is a yawner in the states.

If you are wanting to watch a piece of Conservative or Neo-liberal propaganda please abstain of seeing this movie.

instead, we get just great acting by Streep, and occasionally some good parts of the movie, that was quite boring in some periods...

So do we just forget that tinderbox of potential cinema dynamite and concentrate on her and her dreary one-sided memories?!

Margaret Thatcher was a fascinating if controversial woman, who has garnered strong opinions on either side.

I found it very entertaining and not remotely boring.

The one true positive is Streep's spot-on performance(the look in her eyes, the voice, everything, perfect), which is sorely let down by the empty characterization that is sadly par for the course in this.

Breathtaking, Charming, Timeless, Witty, Worth Every Hapenny.

Undoubtedly the marmite of the political world, her story, whatever your views on her are, is a fascinating one, and on hearing that a new film headed by Meryl Streep was being made on the subject, I was quite excited.

Even for a history buff like me this was a little boring.

And whoever should tackle this biopic, should once again call upon the talents of Meryl Streep and Olivia Colman as their performances save this film from being more boring and dreary than the most recent Conservative Party Conference.

The script wasn't that bad, there were some great speeches that the pollinations gave in this movie and surprisingly some funny dialogue, but most of it was boring conversation.

A word to the wise, save your money even if it's a couple of bucks to rent it, put that 2 dollars to good use like gas.

I found this approach quite fascinating, as I wasn't being bombarded with partisan rhetoric; I was delving into someone's mind.

This movie had it's many boring and unsatisfying moments, and even if it's 105 minutes long, this feels like a 2-hour long movie.

The film itself was also terribly disjointed, in my view, trying to conjoin the three time periods, rather than tell the story of the Lady and the times-if that was really the intent.

Using one of the most fascinating characters in modern politics, Margaret Thatcher, is a great idea.

It is disjointed, in the extreme.

It barely scratches the surface, only has generic insights into its characters and the history surrounding them, and is just deadly dull.

There is too much focus on the older Thatcher suffering from dementia, and the scenes which dominate the film are incredibly dull and repetitive, there was little interesting about them, they seemed to exploit this awful condition with little sympathy for it rather than make Thatcher interesting and says little about her as a person and it was very difficult to not tire of the film early on.

For younger viewers it is really hard to follow and identify:they have no idea about the Historical events,- and the movie fails to focus on any of them; as for the personal story of this extraordinary woman,-it doesn't "talk" to them.

A very fast paced story progressing through significant moments in Thatcher's (Meryl Streep) life from high school girl listening to her father's political sermons through to her current life as an elderly widow afflicted by dementia.

I found the Dennis angle highly enjoyable and functional and thought the actress who portrayed the young Thatcher brilliant.

While Meryl Streep does the main character reasonably well with the main part of the film being generally good, it is the pointless disappointing aftermath that somewhat truly spoils it with Thatcher's dementia state of mind and husband Denis' ghost.

Fundamentally, this movie is all about Meryl Streep and her stunning performance as Margaret Thatcher.

What a shame that Meryl Streep's fascinating performance is wasted on such a lackluster script and meandering film.

The parts set in the present are very moving and although these scenes were considered distasteful, I believed that they provided the movie with the heart and emotion that it needed and without them it would have been, lets be honest, a little bit boring.

a sad ending accentuated by a loss of memory, slow descent into dementia and a deterioration of Thatcher's wit, intelligence and personality.

I fell asleep about four times and my friends literally were gutted because we were all looking forward to it.

Like I said, it's a very bland movie and this probably at the same time prevents it from becoming a horrible one in any way.

I went with a staunch Conservative friend and we both enjoyed it, though it was not as either of us expected.

Despite the confused and ambivalent material, Streep has crafted a riveting performance (amply supported by Alexandra Roach as Maggie the Younger), somehow managing to believably inhabit the shoes of someone whose story is till being written.

Many will "ooh" and "ahh" at the circumscribed moments in which Streep catches and channels Thatcher's animus and mannerisms, but in fact Streep's technique is, as always, conspicuous and ingratiating, contrived to be accessible.

Only worth watching if you love history of Britain.

I will not judge the ethics issues, but I agree with this in another way -- I think focusing on the delusion of Denis Thatcher was cheesy and cliché, almost reminiscent of "The Notebook", and that is not good.

I fell asleep four times, if my count serves me right.

Despite the movie's sloppy delivery of the film's plot, Meryl Streep's acting alone makes this film worth watching.

However, once settled to the slow pace and dour surroundings, Streep's brilliantly nuanced performance unfolded layer by layer.

It get confusing as the movie cut back and forth from the present to the past.

Worth watching just to see Meryl Streep do her thing .

When the film begins, it's a little confusing.

'The Iron Lady' was a boring mess that did not execute itself well enough for my complete enjoyment.

It would have been as dramatically valid to set these sections in song (and it's not as if director and star don't have form), and it would definitely have been more entertaining.

The Iron Lady is a stroll through biopic dead-ends as it meanders from marginally entertaining, to redundant and groggy in its second and third act.

It never compromise with movie fans, thus it fails as an entertaining film.

Confusing, incomplete and inaccurate .

Most annoying is the movie's framing device - Thatcher is a doddering old lady beset by Alzheimer's (as indeed she is) and the memories which surface through her confusion form the body of the film.

Meryl Streep, just the name says enough, she is by far the best actress alive today or any day for that matter, just the mention of her name is enough for most people to go and see a movie with her in it, and surprise surprise she is absolutely mind blowing as Margaret Thatcher.

It's uninformative, uninteresting, and not worth anyone's time.

However, it was fascinating to see her being treated like a petulant child by her carers as well as being locked in by her Special Branch armed guards while she still occasionally demonstrated the stubborn fervour and stern philosophy that had propelled her into power.

I think it's fascinating to entertain what remains of this powerful woman after her time in public life has concluded.

This makes the film very confusing, especially for those who do not know well her action when she was in politics.

Then, the film marched on smartly and became absorbing.

Was it the tedious portrayal of Margaret Thatcher by "Meryl-the-Magnificent?

This movie is gripping for many reasons: Of course it is deeply rewarding to watch the metamorphosis of Meryl Streep into a famous political figure, one who ages the way ordinary people age.

Sleep Inducing .

"But instead of creating an engaging piece which examines the life of one of the most enigmatic Prime Ministers of the twentieth century, the audience instead is left with a dull, uninspired mess which simply evades some of the most important social, economic and political events of her life to instead attempt to create some semblance of regret and humanity from the inner depths of this aging former Head of State.

the flash backs are, in this case, crumbs of a confusing dish.

I wasn't sure what to expect going into the movie but I must say that I was blown away at how lifeless, silly and incredibly boring the entire thing was.

For me, it's bland.

Furthermore, Streep's stunning transformation as Britain's first and (I hope not) only female Prime Minister, both visibly and performance-wise.

The costumes and art direction is enthralling (the interiors of Thatcher's house are stunning).

Film is just good, but the lead performance is breathtaking.

FINAL VERDICT: Sort of boring, should have shown MT more in her prime.

It's very watchable, it's entertaining, it's amusing and very well performed.

Well the iconic actress, donning surprisingly realistic Aged makeup, does a fine job as the older Thatcher struggling to hold her mind together – but it's impossible to judge her as the historical figure since another actress played the assertive young woman who fought for that place where, by the time Streep takes over, is lost in a jumbled collection of newsreels and pointless monologues...

This was one of the biggest letdowns of the new year, i don't see how Meryl Streep is the front runner for best actress, she was annoying, repetitive, and just plain boring all in one performance, i have no idea what all these people are on when they say this movie is Oscar worthy.

She massacred Sebastian Faulks's 'Birdsong' (giant yawn) and then proceeded to chuck a bucket of cold water all over Steve McQueen's 'Shame' (I never managed to stay awake until it was finished).

", largely because nobody attempts to sing, but overall it must rank as a missed opportunity to tell a potentially fascinating story.

even from a redbox, a waste of money .

Is this really what is deemed compelling?

So, how could The Iron Lady be so bland and diffuse that it could never make me emotionally "connect" with its main character?

The first thing that I should say is that I want to leave my own political beliefs out of this review, as I think that one of the main things that can be said in the film's favour is that it attempts quite successfully to produce a balanced viewpoint on the lady herself – whether avid Conservative or ardent Socialist, the film doesn't alienate anyone in terms of giving a biased stance on the woman herself.

Then again, maybe the Brit story is just that boring to the average American movie goer.

The background of Lady Tatcher was hardly given any time, but that part of her life was extremely important as it drove her to become a great politician and, ultimately, Prime Minister,What a waste of money and time.

The director Phyllida Lloyd also worked with Streep on the movie Mama Mia which is one of the most enjoyable musical movies ever made.

After that, the film seems to gloss over major points in Thatcher's life that could've resulted in immensely intriguing scenarios such as The Falklands War, the true struggle that must've plagued Thatcher as being the only woman on the House of Commons, and her motivation and persistency behind all of her accomplishments and choices.

Worth watching though just to see Meryl Streep do her thing.

For me a great recommendation that gives an impressing insight into a fascinating and controversial character.

Worth watching!

She feels things as she loves, loses, and becomes lost sometimes, and because of her principles or perhaps in spite of them is also shown to have overcome intense moments of personal vulnerability.

To top it all off, the movie dragged, even though it was under two hours.

) Whether you agree with her politics or not, it's a stunning, gigantic thing she did with her life, which should have been deserving of more respect than this film gave her.

Rather than becoming an intricate and interesting examination of a woman who was, and still is, worshipped and loathed by many members of the general public in Great Britain and Ireland, it instead became a slow inoffensive look at a woman who at eighty-six years old is shown to regret some aspects of her life.

Streep is brilliant, the rest is pretty bland .

I was absolutely stunned by Streep's impersonation of Thatcher; aided by incredibly believable make-up, she looks and sounds just like her and gives a thrilling performance.

First she'll kill the story that she's been paid handsomely paid to write, then she'll kill you with boredom as you wonder why you wasted your precious time watching it.

Director Phyllida Lloyd, who also directed one of the worst movies in history "Mamma Mia", mostly helms "The Iron Lady" as a hallucinogenic freak show of Thatcher in her old age imagining that her late husband Denis is still a menace to her society; what I mean is that her dear departed Dennis is still alive and speaks to her and even comments on her successes and failures; so therefore she talks back, and what is really doing is talking to herself about her successes and failures.

Despite the wonderful acting, the script is clunky and clichéd, and these scenes are contrived, soapy, sentimental and trite.

And for those of you who aren't too familiar with Margaret Thatcher, either because you are too young or live across the pond, enjoy this for Meryl Streep's stunning craftsmanship.

The film is worth seeing for a towering performance from Meryl Streep, but all in all it is still enjoyable.

but Meryl Streep provides all the quality the film needs (not to mention the outstanding makeup work), and more than makes the film worth watching.

Churchill apart, the only ones I can think of are "The Young Mr. Pitt" and "The Prime Minister" (about Disraeli), both wartime propaganda films which sought to draw parallels between the European conflicts of the nineteenth century and the struggle against Hitler.

I probably could have immersed myself and been totally engaged with what Thatcher went through as the Prime Minister, and to the filmmakers' credit she is not shown as saintly or as being downright evil.

Other than the acting, the make-up is extremely good with the actors very believably made up, the locations and costumes are suitably evocative and there is the odd intriguing scene that are too far and between.

A simply dreadful movie that wastes both the story of one of recent history's most compelling female figures and the talents of one of its most gifted actresses.

Jim Broadbent is entertaining.

The film charts her rise to power, but it gets dragged down with the over emphasise on Thatchers ongoing Alzhiemers which is all to often interrupted with the appearance of Jim Broadbent who shows up frequently the Director/Editor should of paid more attention to Thatcher's Famous and in-famous milestones in her time spent in office, for example much more attention should of been used in depicting the Northern Irish hunger strikes which could of done with more attention to detail.

The abundance of flashbacks make the film feel rather distracted and drab as well.

What a stunning performance!

A tracking shot of the road leading up to Buckingham Palace is one nice shot, but utterly pointless it doesn't further the story or make any sense as to why its used, and to make it worse, it's used twice.

An expert is hired to transform a character Thatcher policy more enjoyable.

Meryl Streep is absolutely breath-taking in her performance, but she is badly let down by a dis-jointed, tedious script with only occasional flashes of fire.