Meryl Streep in UK “The Iron Lady” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell It remains one of the Oscar season’s last remaining mysteries. Is Phyllida Lloyd’s Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady” a Best Picture contender? Is Meryl Streep a lock for Best Actress, or will her Thatcher go unrecognized by the Academy? Can Jim Broadbent vault into the race for his portrayal of Thatcher’s supportive husband, Denis?

Several Oscar bloggers (myself included) are making presumptive guesses regarding “Lady,” which announced a Dec. 30 release date, but we really won’t know what we’re in for until the film begins to screen.

Yet this morning, we’re getting a longer look at Lloyd’s upcoming drama thanks to a full UK trailer. I’ve posted it below.

Some thoughts.

The use of “Our House,” the tinny 1980s staple by Madness, is awful. Unless this film is going for a jokey “Julie & Julia” vibe, this sends a lighthearted message. Maybe that’s what “Lady” aspires to, but that doesn’t signify Oscar. Imagine the “King’s Speech” trailer recut with A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” and you’ll get the sense of the jarring disconnect that’s on display here.

The rest signifies the up-by-her-bootstraps approach we assumed “Lady” would take. Streep looks to get a handful of defiant speeches (“I have done battle every single day of my life”), and there’s a mix of personal struggle married to historical significance.

Is it enough? No clue. The trailer doesn’t grab me enough to say, “See it. Now!” But the film might ne another matter.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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