This new movie about Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, is attracting some attention. FutureOfCapitalism reader-participant-watchdog-community member-content co-creator William N. Walker writes:
Having just returned from the opening of "The Iron Lady", I am in such high dudgeon as to share my indignation with the futureofcapitalism community. A stunning performance by Meryl Streep is wasted in a vacuous script which manages to drain historical context from the formidable story of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Fully a quarter of the film is wasted in footage of a dotty old lady conversing with her dead husband's ghost. Brief and confused flashbacks of political events serve only as backdrops to this largely irrelevant tale. It is all the more infuriating because Meryl Streep so strikingly captures Mrs. Thatcher –almost embodies her – that we feel utterly cheated by the failure of the screenwriter (Abi Martin) to communicate the real history of this extraordinary life and its achievements. Rejection of Soviet policies? Cold War alliance with Ronald Reagan? Confrontation with Saddam in Kuwait? Not worth even a mention. Conflict with miners and trade unionists, socialists, IRA terrorists, all worthy of no more than a few fleeting moments. Ms Martin should hang her head in shame and film goers should be forewarned that a great opportunity has been missed and an Oscar worthy performance has been compromised.
The trailer is here: