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The Long Walk to Finchley
dramatised ten years in the young life of future Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
director Phyllida Lloyd here bravely tackles the whole thing, told in smash-and-grab flashbacks from Lady Thatcher's amnesiac dotage. Meryl Streep, with disarming conviction and entertaining panache, plays her at various stages of adult life, and is gregariously supported by Jim Broadbent as the ghost of her late husband Denis. This could, in the hands of talented screenwriter Abi Morgan (TV's
), have been a fascinating chamber piece about love in old age. Instead, while dutifully ticking off the key historical events - the Falklands, the miners, the Brighton bombing, etc - the movie fails to find purchase on any broader motivation, beyond that of quasi-feminist megalomania. Beyond the fun of playing spot the MP (and spot the character actor), it lacks the focus of a comparable biopic such as
. Without the Oscar-winning Streep, it's just high-quality biographical karaoke.
The elderly Margaret Thatcher, now living in seclusion, tries to come to terms with the death of her husband Denis, bringing back memories of her controversial political career. She reflects on her rise to power in the male-dominated Conservative Party and the tumultuous events during her time in office. Biopic, starring an Oscar-winning Meryl Streep. With Jim Broadbent and Olivia Colman.
Cast & Crew
Young Margaret Thatcher
Richard E Grant
Fox / Pathe
Some violence, brief nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
6 Jan 2012
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