From the director of Mamma Mia!, the highest-grossing British movie of all time (?!?!), here comes another tale with Meryl Streep at the centre. Even more so in this one. In the upcoming "The Iron Lady", she portrays - well, it's obvious, isn't it? - the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister that reigned from 1979 to 1990 and that put her mark on Britain and British politics. Literally. Google Thatcherism if you don't believe me.
The trailer does not present us with anything special. There is the King's Speechesque fooling around during a session with a therapist/trainer/adviser type individual. There is the root of a conflict with the husband (played by Jim Broadbent). It has the necessary inspirational "Hero wants to achieve something great" or "Hero fights for something/ with someone/ against all odds" Aaand there are the obvious full page adds for Academy Award Winner. But all that aside, isn't Meryl Streep completely morphed into the woman herself?
Stylistically, I feel too great a similarity with the King's Speech. Ok, I see you take the true story of a personality with historical importance, you add an excellent cast, and you tell that story. But it is a bit cheating if you ride The King's Speech wave of popularity, change the personality, find something else to drive the story other than a speech impediment, and you get a few Oscars and a few hundred millions for it. I hope it will not be the case because Thatcher's story is quite astonishing and it deserves to be given an adequate cinematic rendering. Trailer, below:
Oh, and by the way, the teaser trailer released a while back has the soundtrack stolen from Clint Mansell's Moon. For other complaints about over-used songs: kolcs on Clint Mansell's music
PS. As I was reading kolcs on Clint Mansell's music, I saw that he had complained about this as well.