'The Iron Lady' Review By Bawnian©-Dexeus
It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.
Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep.
The Oscars. When you win, your IN. You have achieved the highest award in your field. Others see it as a popularity contest and a political endeavor just to stir up the media. How do I see it? Before, as a kid, I have seen a handful of them. Never saw them attentively until I decided to study film. So how do I see them? A contest.
The Iron Lady tells the story of Margaret Thatcher (Streep) from her adolescent days to her ascension into politics; Parliament. The first ever female prime minister. We begin with an already stale woman, no longer prime minister, but an old woman hallucinating. Her husband passed away and for the better part of the movie haunts her, but in a good way. But, I wasn't interested in fiction, as far as I'm concerned. Up until I saw The Iron Lady, I knew nothing of Margaret Thatcher. I had only seen a single clip of her in Parlament arguing against her male superiors, or underlings. I say superiors because as a kid, before I knew any better, thought it was strange for the woman to be back talking to a man. Good thing I was raised correctly, even if commanding women drive me nuts sometimes.
Maryl Streep is a hard working actress. I don't see her as an overrated actress. She is simply very passionate and her 16 nominations are an example of it. Her role here is commanding, magnificent, powerful (and that's an understatement). Put simple, she could very well play Hillary Clinton as far as we're concerned. She embodies a woman who is fearless, courageous and quite the ball buster. And after her years in office, in her old age, she embodies a very fragile person that begins to reminisce of the old days, and as a viewer, very sad to look at.
Not only do we get the woman, we get the history that molded the woman. History full of war, debates, fights and harsh words that make the title Iron Lady official, worthy and adequate. I saw a titan take on the world, becoming the most beloved leader and the most hated, and nearly branded a tyrant to the British Empire. A woman asked to never have enemies, and blindly did so to her closest followers. I see the mother of all strong women, one that, to quote Robin Williams "...a woman you don't want to f*ck with".
Streep is led by a strong supporting cast, especially the men that play her husband and the young woman that play her as a younger woman in life. The problem with ambition is, that if not tred carefully, could become a war against thyself. I'm ambitious to finish my book, to finally do my own movies, but I don't to alienate those beside me to get the job done.
As per what I said about the Oscars being a Contest? Well, if you keep trying, and trying until you reach a destination with such grand status in yourself, the chances of finally winning, are very high. I'm not saying that I want her to win. There is a strong nomination roster for best actress and they all deserve to win. But there can be only one, and at the back of my head, the chances for Streep are very high.
Overall, Streep's best performance by far.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.