In recent years, movies depicting historical representations have amassed a large following, with movies such as The Kings Speech dominating box offices worldwide. At the end of this year, Meryl Streep, one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses, will attempt to embody one of England’s most talked-about Prime Minister’s of the last century; Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady, set to premier at the end of 2011 for limited audiences in U.S., depicts that inner struggles and external battles Margaret Thatcher faced on her winding journey to become the first female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom.
The film takes place in a series of flashbacks, detailing the events prior to her election as Prime Minister. Structured as a biographical film, the motion picture aims to portray Thatcher as a fighter, who made grave sacrifices for the power she so sought. Facing oppression from her husband Denis Thatcher (Jim Broadbent), Thatcher proceeds with her political agenda at the expense of her family.
The film focuses heavily on the Falklands War with Argentina when Thatcher fervently defended British sovereignty of the island. In the latter stages of her seat as leader of Britain, her most loyal cabinet member, Geoffrey Howe (Anthony Head), begins to doubt her questionable policies and disappointingly resigns, commencing the downfall of her role as Prime Minister.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, The Iron lady looks to be another stunning historical depiction brought back to life on the big screen. With the grandiosity of Streep’s acting and the esteemed career of one of the most influential female leaders of our time, these “Iron Ladies” look like they will not disappoint.