WATCH: Meryl Streep’s Full Trailer For ‘The Iron Lady’

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDiCFY2zsfc

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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