No one likes an intimate and inspiring portrait of a powerful woman more than the folks at Adventure Woman. Meryl Streep gives an Oscar-winning performance of England’s magnificent and magnetic Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher, who was one of the most formidable figures in the 20th Century, broke through gender barriers and political setbacks to become Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister.
Unfortunately, the film centers around Thatcher’s mental decline and is told in emotionally driven flashbacks. A better option for the movie might have been simply telling the narrative from beginning to end and discarding the viewpoint of an elderly woman grappling with serious depilating illness.
What the film intentionally or unintentionally does is to take one of the most commanding and influential women in world history and portray her from an unfair and unflattering position of weakness. In an era where women are hungry for strong female role models it is a pity that the script didn’t focus more on her charisma and courage than on the loss of her mental facilities in old age.
In spite of the aforementioned; the film does manage to show the tenacity and determination of Thatcher. Her focused ambition and drive got her to the pinnacle position of leadership in the United Kingdom. The movie gives the viewer a glimpse into her ability to make hard and fast decisions under enormous pressure, and gives an insider’s look on much guts and gumption it actually takes to be an successful world leader.
The Iron Lady is definitely worth seeing, but it’s a story that could have been more effectively and entertainingly told from a more triumphant and empowering perspective.