The thought of watching a bio–pic on Margaret Thatcher may sound like a homework assignment, but The Iron Lady focuses on the former Prime Minister’s challenges while maintaining undercurrents of her humanity. The first few minutes of the film see the elderly Thatcher doing mundane things – buying milk at a corner grocer, speaking with her husband — but we quickly learn that all is not as it seems, that Thatcher is aging, troubled, and about to recollect through a series of flashbacks her successes and failures as a strong woman in a man’s world.
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The PG-13 Iron Lady has one brief flash of nudity and several shots of violence, all presented in the form of documentary footage from riots and demonstrations. ClearPlay cuts these shots, as well as maybe 10 mild profanities. The ClearPlayed version is fine for all ages, though I can’t imagine younger viewers being particularly interested.
Wait, you mean The Iron Lady isn’t a movie about superheroes?…
The superhero here is Meryl Streep, who deserved every bit of her Best Actress Oscar as the leader of the Conservative Party. Playing her husband, Jim Broadbent is also spectacular. The movie got a lukewarm critical reception, but I found it illuminating and engaging. It’s not often that you can scratch the surface of someone and find their soul, which is what The Iron Lady does.
Marty Nabhan—ClearPlay Conservative
Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity;105 min; Directed by Phyllida Lloyd