The Iron Lady (2011) – By Brian Morton

Historical dramas are usually confined to people who we’re unfamiliar with…kings, queens, people from the 17th and 18th centuries. And that’s probably because finding someone who can portray an historic figure who we’re familiar with can be tricky at best…but, when it’s done well, it can be amazing. And, amazing is the word for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady!

This look at the life and times of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher could have turned into a rehashing of historic events that we knew, but what the filmmakers did instead was to have Lady Thatcher look back at her own life in a very interesting way. We’re brought into the story toward the end of Thatcher’s life, when her health and mental abilities are failing. Told as a reminiscence of her life, Thatcher has chats with her now-dead husband about her life, her career and her inevitable regrets about her life.

The Iron Lady isn’t just a biography of an historic figure, it’s a movie that takes a public figure and personalizes her for us. And, the performance of Meryl Streep has been lauded, but, in my opinion, not nearly enough. By the second time you see her, you totally forget you’re watching an actor and find yourself drawn into the story completely. Now, I’m not telling you that this is history, I’m sure some artistic license was taken, but it will whet your appetite to learn more about this historic lady.

I’m giving The Iron Lady 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s a great movie with some terrific performances and is well worth your time! Get a copy for yourself over at