Sunday, February 5, 2012
I had no interest in this movie. The subject matter seemed dull. A biopic about a British woman I barely recalled, but still knew little about? Sure, I'd likely see the movie later, on cable or Redbox. I'm so grateful that the start times at Jordon Commons forced my wife and I to grudgingly select this as our Saturday choice for date night.
This film is extraordinary. And I don't just mean Streep's usual brilliant chameleon-esque performance. The film itself is a celebration of principles that are so timely that my jaw dangled much of those two hours. Why? Well, because Hollywood doesn't celebrate these principles. They eschew them. They satarize them. But this film, for once, elevates them.
The plot starts out a bit slow, and we seem to yearn for scenes of young Margaret and Prime Minister Margaret and not elderly Margaret and her bouts with dementia. But as the whole thing comes together it's ALL the scenes that make this film so great. I'm as guilty as the shopkeeper at the start of the movie who sells her a pint of milk and fails to recognize who she even is. Though she is still alive, she seems quite forgotten, and unfortunately what has also dimmed may be the extraordinary legacy she left for the British Empire.
Don't wait for this one On Demand or DVD. You don't want the children's interruptions, idle conversation or microwave snacks to distract you. Immerse yourself and enjoy. See it on the big screen! The exact same issues that faced Mrs. Thatcher face us today, and the painful choices she made stare our nation smack in the face. If a Republican wins the Presidency this year (and I pray one does) it's likely that their first term will be reviled by many because of unavoidable cuts that must take place to cure our spending habits. But by this President's second term (assuming there is one) most will celebrate this leadership exactly the way Britian celebrated Mrs. Thatcher.
She was right. The pain paid off. And prosperity was the result. Her formula must become OUR formula.
I refuse to spoil anymore elements of this film. See it. Love it. Live it.
Copyright @ 2012
Posted by Chris Heimerdinger at 8:28 PM