By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik November 15, 2011 at 9:31AM
Will Republicans drool over the new Margaret Thatcher film "The Iron Lady," which stars Meryl Streep as the famous British ring-winger, or will they cringe at the film's depiction of her dementia? An early review in the Daily Telegraph suggests the Weinstein Company release isn't the hatchet job that conservatives had first claimed.
"Two preconceptions about The Iron Lady, the long anticipated film about Margaret Thatcher’s life, are laid to rest on seeing it," writes journalist David Gritten. "The first was that it would be a hatchet job on our former prime minister. Not so: the film is relatively even-handed, and for long stretches sympathetic to its subject. The second was that it was a travesty for Meryl Streep, the American actress, to be playing such a very English character. Well, those doubts have been assuaged too."
Gritten suggests the film's portrayal of Thatcher's later years--when she begins to hallucinate her dead husband--are actually "affecting," not humiliating.
The review also claims trade unionists--a target of Thatcher's policies--will find it "too kindly."
And yet, he concludes, "US Republicans, currently lacking a presidential candidate with a fraction of Thatcher’s conviction and confidence, will surely drool over it."