Big surprise, Meryl Streep delivers another of her spot on performances as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Seriously, by this point audiences know Streep will bring it. Unfortunately, The Iron Lady does not even come close to equaling the level of her work.
The structure of the film is disjointed and just plain annoying. The story jumps back and forth between the present day Thatcher who suffers from dementia and snippets of her as a young woman on the rise and as the first female Prime Minister of England. Thatcher’s condition was brought on by a series of strokes, a fact that I had to look up because the filmmakers assume we know all the details of Thatcher’s life. As a result, the audience gets only a surface look at this fascinating political and historical figure. The constant switching back and forth means that as soon as we get caught up in and invested in what’s going on, the timeline switches to the modern day Thatcher who roams around her house speaking to her dead husband.