Oh now THIS has put the cat among the pigeons. Not only do we have Meryl Streep, an American actress, playing an iconic British figure – much like Henry Cavill and Andrew Garfield are doing to Superman and Spider-Man – but the role she has taken on is that of Margaret Thatcher, still Britain’s most controversial Prime Minister since the war.
So, there will be some people who love this because Meryl really has the accent right; others will find it to be a fascinating look behind the scenes on some incredibly turbulent times: the Falklands war, the Miner’s strike, yuppies, all that.
The Jim Broadbent fans will be happy too, naturally. But there will also be people whose memories of the 1980s are so blighted by the effects of the Thatcher government’s rather high-handed approach to social matters that they will not want to see the human being behind the decisions she made, or how hard she personally found it to make those decisions. Some wounds are simply too deep.
Which isn’t to say it’ll be a bad film. Sometimes these things can be very therapeutic.
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