Iron strikes gold
The Iron Lady does do a good job early on at portraying the then-prevailing political hierarchy of England as male-centric — a pond of fleshy-necked bullfrogs bloviating about how things need to be done. Maggie actually did things, not just talk about them, though you’ll learn more details of her politics watching Billy Elliot than this movie.
Still, the hype about Streep is deserved. She did win a Golden Globe last night for the movie. That’s because she’s excellent playing Margaret Thatcher from 40s to 80s, showing her micro-managing habits that drove even her children crazy. It’s a sympathetic portrayal not because she’s so nice, but because she’s so human. Iron Lady? No, she was, at heart, still flesh and bone.
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DEETS: Magnolia Theater, 3699 McKinney Ave.105 min. PG-13.