Tonight I re watched my blu-ray DVD of the movie the"Iron Lady" and what a movie it is. Here is a reworked post of my original review of the movie.
I loved The Iron Lady and it brought tears to my eyes. One of my heroes is Margret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minster, and the greatest since Winston Churchill.After watching the movie I see a lot of Margret Thatcher in Ted Cruz the new Senator from Texas.
My favorite part of the movie was the retelling of her role in the Falkland War against Argentina. At the time I followed the war intently and would get reports from the BBC on my short wave radio and had our extra bedroom made up into a "war room" with maps and the location of ships etc. I knew then that most of the world under estimated her will of steel.
The sad part of the movie is that most of it is told in flashbacks from the near past as she is declining in mind as most of us do as we reach "the end". Unless we die a sudden death, this happens to many of us including the greats such as Reagan and Churchill. Most of the time this happens out of public view. As a reader of biographies I know that we all don't "live happily every after" which we were led to believe in the fairy tales of our youth.The end is often very bitter sweet. My wife was bothered by her conversations with her dead husband who appears like a ghost. I viewed it more as a dramatic devise to tell the story .... and what a story it is.
Her speeches on the problems of the U.K. are right out of what is happening in Greece and the United States today. The enslavement of us all by debt and the power of the "nanny state". Her battle with the leaders of her own Conservative party to push back on the "road to serfdom" or go along in a competent moderate managed way because that is the "politically smart" thing.