Friday, January 13, 2012

The Iron Lady


Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and this is the story of her rise to power.

Unfortunately, biopics this year have been somewhat disappointing.  'J. Edgar', 'My Week with Marilyn', and 'The Iron Lady' are all based on compelling subjects, but none of them are really must see films.  It just seems like biopics aren't what they were in their hey dey, back in 2005 and 2006 when 'Ray', 'The Aviator', 'Walk the Line', and 'Capote' wowed critics.  Sadly, they seem to have devolved to a formula.  We know exactly what to expect and how the story will be told.  And even though Meryl Streep delivers a first class performance, and Jim Broadbent is as good as always as her husband, we expect nothing less.  The bar is high for both of them and they simply meet expectations.  Perhaps that's unfair, but it's how I feel.  Frankly, this one is better suited for HBO.  And that's not meant as an insult at all.

Grade: B

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