I’m a huge fan of Meryl Streep. She possesses a rare gift that allows her to truly transform — role to role — and make even the most unbelievable concept believable. At 62, she has the ability to play people several years her junior, and with plenty of makeup, she flawlessly took on the role of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, many years her senior.
Note: I watched the Thatcher biopic while sporting my Thatcher frames by Warby Parker.
While the film has not been entirely embraced by the Brits who grew up in her era of political reign, Streep gave a fantastic performance, highlighting something that is impossible to ignore: the strength behind Thatcher’s leadership, a woman in a man’s world. While I consider myself politically liberal, and so not at all on-par with many of Thatcher’s views, I was moved by the film’s ability to find aspects of her life to highlight for entertainment and intrigue.
I could not disagree more with Ebert’s assessment. I think the neutrality on part of the filmmakers did the film the most justice possible – they didn’t shy away from the distaste that many had for her, and still have, but they also highlighted a more likeable Thatcher.