Review of reviews - The Iron Lady
What we said, and they said, about Streep's Thatcher performance
What we said:
‘The Iron Lady is a film about the cost of power that features a brilliantly convincing lead performance from Meryl Streep, but offers no significant insights on the lady of the title.’
What they said:
‘How people react to The Iron Lady depends on their attitude to her. This is a brave stab at a contemporary life, and even with its flaws it does Margaret Thatcher a certain grudging justice. Awards should be coming Streep’s way; yet her brilliance rather overshadows the film itself’.
‘This is Streep's film and she is absolutely remarkable. It is an acting tour-de-force which deserves an Oscar nod. There is much to commend here, including its subtlety, daring and genuine intelligence. Left and right will probably both be enraged. Everyone else will be ever-so-slightly underwhelmed.’