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14 November 2011  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

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It takes a brave woman to portray Margaret Thatcher on screen and that brave woman is Meryl Streep. The film? The Iron Lady.

As you'll see from the first full trailer released today, The Iron Lady concentrates more on her power as a woman and a politician, rather than the effects of her policies and Britain at large. 

Also, thanks to a booming soundtrack and snappy editing, Meryl's Maggie is much more of a rock star than most people remember unless our memory is seriously fizzing out these days.

Still, it's great to see more from not only our leading lady but her supporting cast too, notably Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher, Richard E. Grant as Michael Heseltine and Anthony Head's Geoffrey Howe.

This being such a contentious biopic, a lot of this trailer's good bits / bad bits are up to the opinion of the trailer watcher him/herself, so without any further ado, here's Meryl's take on Maggie (complete with rock and roll music): 

 

The Iron Lady will be swinging its metaphorical handbag into British cinemas come January 6, 2012,


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Stinkers in January?
Films released in January miss the Oscar competition and are usually "problem films". Release date ominous but Streep looks Oscar worthy. Curious? More

Posted by simplysimon2 at 21:13 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

Stop whinging
I have to agree with b], I think many here are dropping their knickers over a film they haven't even seen yet. At least reserve judgement until you've seen it. You may not have liked Margaret Thatcher and her policies but she did offer strong leadership through the Falklands War, the Iranian Embassy siege and against the IRA. The scene with the car bombing is probably Airey Neave being blown up by the INLA (or a SIS conspiracy if you believed Enoch Powell - yes ). Unless I'm mistaken, I think I More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 15:13 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

Blah, blah, blah.
Last time I checked this is a cinema website, not a forum for either those with rose tinted specs or those specs tinted with bitterness either. I was around throughout Thatcher's tenure and I can relate to much of what has been said (I'm a working class Midlander), and my family didn't have the best of times. That said it is time to let this go. She has not been in power since the early nineties and we have been systematically shafted by every government since so it seems a bit strange to carp More

Posted by TheSquire at 01:10 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
L: Discodez L: Timon L: Discodez That's a poor parallel your drawing there. The tone of Downfall was unambiguous, the clue was in the title. If there's a clue in the title of this Thatcher biopic to it's tone, then "The Iron Lady" will be a love letter to the most politically divisive prime minister this country ever had. Do you know that she has claimed over half a million pounds in expenses from the British taxpayer since she was booted out by her own party? Tells y More

Posted by Timon at 15:53 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
we can take a wild guess that the majority of box officve will come from inside the south east because the rest of the country north of watford still feel a awful lot of hatred towards her and the decisions she made. t="trebuchet ms"] ling this to Sheffield, Liverpool, the North East - no chance of it doing well in these cities, I experienced first hand what she did in the 80's and that trailer mis reads a huge amount of it in how it is (seemingly, given none of us has seen it yet) portraying More

Posted by JIm R at 15:51 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
L: Timon L: Discodez That's a poor parallel your drawing there. The tone of Downfall was unambiguous, the clue was in the title. If there's a clue in the title of this Thatcher biopic to it's tone, then "The Iron Lady" will be a love letter to the most politically divisive prime minister this country ever had. Do you know that she has claimed over half a million pounds in expenses from the British taxpayer since she was booted out by her own party? Tells you everythi More

Posted by Discodez at 15:50 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
L: Discodez That's a poor parallel your drawing there. The tone of Downfall was unambiguous, the clue was in the title. If there's a clue in the title of this Thatcher biopic to it's tone, then "The Iron Lady" will be a love letter to the most politically divisive prime minister this country ever had. Do you know that she has claimed over half a million pounds in expenses from the British taxpayer since she was booted out by her own party? Tells you everything you need to know abo More

Posted by Timon at 15:46 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
That's a poor parallel your drawing there. The tone of Downfall was unambiguous, the clue was in the title. If there's a clue in the title of this Thatcher biopic to it's tone, then "The Iron Lady" will be a love letter to the most politically divisive prime minister this country ever had.   Do you know that she has claimed over half a million pounds in expenses from the British taxpayer since she was booted out by her own party? Tells you everything you need to know about th More

Posted by Discodez at 15:32 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
The Russians were a personal trial for Hitler in Downfall. I'm just saying... that doesn't mean the film was pro-Nazism. I guess we'll just have to be almost level-headed and wait till we see the film. No wait, that's not right.... More

Posted by Timon at 14:59 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
I mean, if someone were to make a bio of Chairman Mao, and protray all the deaths and suffering, as personal trials for him to overcome, I can imagine it wouldn't be recieved too well either.  More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 14:57 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
L: Timon I don't know, it looks like it'll be quite balanced - shows the riots, the conflicts, the full-on hatred she faced. Why does everyone seem to think this is going to be a "Tory wetdream"? And what's this nonsense that somehow seeing the film is supporting Thatcher's policies. I saw the Devil's Double, does that mean I thought Uday Hussein was a stand up guy? think the problem is that the trailer is making it out that these were problems for her to overcome. That they w More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 14:56 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
L: Discodez L: Timon Well, playing Devil's Advocate, it IS The Guardian saying that. I think we need someone a little more neutral. Like who? The Daily Mail? I think that review is probably the most objective we'll get from any British paper. hy does it have to be a British paper? All newspapers have certain political leanings. I'd personally trust the opinion a publication that judges it as a film rather than a political propaganda piece like, I don't know, Empire? More

Posted by Timon at 14:49 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: celebrate thatcher
I hate Thatcher even more than I hate Meryl Streep. More

Posted by rick_7 at 14:37 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: celebrate thatcher
L: magnusdaz do people seriously think that if labour were in government that there would have been a falklands war and iranian siege also would they have been targeted as badly by the ira.maggie love her or hate her had balls of steel she was willing to go to war against terrorists and any country who invaded british soil,its because of her we were a world and global power in the 80s.on the home front she may have gotten under the skin of some people but to the rest of the world she was a More

Posted by Discodez at 14:23 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
L: Timon Well, playing Devil's Advocate, it IS The Guardian saying that. I think we need someone a little more neutral. sp; Like who? The Daily Mail? I think that review is probably the most objective we'll get from any British paper. More

Posted by Discodez at 14:20 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
Well, playing Devil's Advocate, it IS The Guardian saying that. I think we need someone a little more neutral. More

Posted by Timon at 12:57 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: celebrate thatcher
L: magnusdaz do people seriously think that if labour were in government that there would have been a falklands war and iranian siege also would they have been targeted as badly by the ira.maggie love her or hate her had balls of steel she was willing to go to war against terrorists and any country who invaded british soil,its because of her we were a world and global power in the 80s.on the home front she may have gotten under the skin of some people but to the rest of the world she More

Posted by DancingClown at 12:56 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
According to Xan Brook's review in todays Guardian, the film, "prints the legend and keeps the dissent on spartan rations" and "It is a movie that gives us Thatcher without Thatcherism."   So pretty much a Tory wet dream. More

Posted by Discodez at 12:51 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
I don't know, it looks like it'll be quite balanced - shows the riots, the conflicts, the full-on hatred she faced. Why does everyone seem to think this is going to be a "Tory wetdream"? And what's this nonsense that somehow seeing the film is supporting Thatcher's policies. I saw the Devil's Double, does that mean I thought Uday Hussein was a stand up guy? More

Posted by Timon at 12:31 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Boll**CKs
OMG! saw the trailer not only does Meryl sound like her she looks the spitting image of her let's hope she doesn't act like "THE OLD COW!". I think Americans have a rosey view of her unlike us who know her for what she was.n_smile_pistols.gif] More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 11:42 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Boll**CKs
Mate you don't know nothing and are true blue I'm sure ! I'm guessing your PR for the film and have been given the job of promoting a buzz on message forumns. What a legacy she has, such an Iron lady with a heart. Love it how people turn a blind eye to facts! Those teenagers died looking for coal so they could keep warm for th winter because that so-called leader of the people drove the workers to strike. What ever your thoughts and political beliefs! thosse kids are dead! Not a legacy I would More

Posted by GZ at 10:55 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: celebrate thatcher
L: magnusdaz do people seriously think that if labour were in government that there would have been a falklands war and iranian siege also would they have been targeted as badly by the ira.maggie love her or hate her had balls of steel she was willing to go to war against terrorists and any country who invaded british soil,its because of her we were a world and global power in the 80s.on the home front she may have gotten under the skin of some people but to the rest of the world she was a More

Posted by JIm R at 10:40 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

The Cold Lady
Maybe someone should do a film that tells the story of the children that died looking for coal for their families in the winter of the 1980's mining strikes because their fuel was cut off! Wonder if that will be in the film. More

Posted by GZ at 10:33 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: celebrate thatcher
L: magnusdaz do people seriously think that if labour were in government that there would have been a falklands war and iranian siege also would they have been targeted as badly by the ira.maggie love her or hate her had balls of steel she was willing to go to war against terrorists and any country who invaded british soil,its because of her we were a world and global power in the 80s.on the home front she may have gotten under the skin of some people but to the rest of the world was More

Posted by Biggus at 10:32 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

F** that film! She made my dad out of work and many other too!
Why would I go to the cinema to watch this! bet the Tory's will be wetting themselves over this! They will probably show screenings in the village methodist churches with tea and fairy cake's prepared by Kirsty Allsop!!! The tories drove the working man to the ground in the 80's and they are doing the same again.Maybe the director of this film is the guy who leads this country now!!! he made a cracking film in the 80's called TheTerminator!!!!!!!!!! duh! More

Posted by GZ at 10:20 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

This film
can get to fuck. More

Posted by KC23 at 09:55 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

celebrate thatcher
do people seriously think that if labour were in government that there would have been a falklands war and iranian siege also would they have been targeted as badly by the ira.maggie love her or hate her had balls of steel she was willing to go to war against terrorists and any country who invaded british soil,its because of her we were a world and global power in the 80s.on the home front she may have gotten under the skin of some people but to the rest of the world she was a leader to be fear More

Posted by magnusdaz at 00:14 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Er...I don't think she'll get any money from the film...besides she's already fleeced us when she was in power More

Posted by zeech1941 at 20:59 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

F**k that
Seriously. F*********************************k that and the horse it rode in on. Fine, whatever, she had a tough time but she also made sure that everyone else suffered too. ****! More

Posted by Loosecrew at 19:48 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
Is this being shown in 3D with special rose tinted glasses ? looks like a complete fabrication to 'mellow' her and portray as a wonderful person - banghead-thumb.gif] More

Posted by JIm R at 19:00 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Yes Thatcher was a nightmare, but the film itself looks interesting, plus Anthony Heads in it so I will be watching. More

Posted by silverlining7 at 18:48 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
There are no words. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 18:08 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

This could get ten stars from Empire and I wouldn't see it. I am not giving money to this she-devil and her spawn. More

Posted by cradleofcivilization at 17:38 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

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