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Meryl Streep is “astonishing” in “The Iron Lady” – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: British press who got their first look at “The Iron Lady” yesterday are praising Meryl Streep’s performance as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher while gently condemning the movie, as a whole.

Writing for The Guardian, chief critic Xan Brooks says Streep “is the one great weapon of this often silly and suspect picture. Her performance is astonishing and all but flawless; a masterpiece of mimicry which re-imagines Thatcher in all her half-forgotten glory. Streep has the basilisk stare; the tilted, faintly predatory posture. Her delivery, too, is eerily good – a show of demure solicitude, invariably overtaken by steely, wild-eyed stridency.”

No surprise. Sight unseen, Streep was determined to be the cream of this film’s crop, if only because you largely can say that about EVERY Streep film.

Most of us paying attention to Phyllida Lloyd’s pending biopic wondered if it had the weight to compete in additional categories outside of Best Actress. Is it a Best Picture/Director combo? Can Jim Broadbent work his way into the Supporting Actor race for his portrayal of Denis Thatcher?

It’s unclear at this point. All we know is that Brooks calls it “a movie that gives us Thatcher without Thatcherism. ‘The Iron Lady’ … opts for a breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher’s life and times. The tone is jaunty and affectionate, a blend of ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘The King’s Speech,’ fuelled by flashbacks that bob us back through authorised history.”

“Breezy” and “jaunty” don’t suggest Best Picture contender. We shall see.

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