Monday, January 30, 2012
The Iron Lady...Exquisite filmmaking! Meryl Streep's Oscar-calibre performance!
Though I've never been one to follow politics too closely (my primary focus has been on the arts over the years) - and I am quite unfamiliar with the specifics of Margaret Thatcher's stint as England's Prime Minister - there is much I can rave about without hesitation in respect to the just-released screen bio on her life.
For starters, Meryl Streep's performance in "The Iron Lady" is a knock-out bang-on portrayal - a crowning achievement - in a remarkable acting career that has spanned several decades without interruption.
In contrast to her "hammy" caricature of "Julia Child" just a scant few years ago, here, Ms. Streep has managed to breathe life - and flesh out with subtle nuance -aspects of Thatcher's complex multi-faceted persona seamlessly - and seemingly - at whim.
Hers is a performance that is a joy to behold.
Critics are often quick to label an actor's characterization as a "revelation" in a bold-faced effort to single out outstanding play-acting now-and-then on both the stage and silver screen - but, in this instant case - the plaudit rings truer somehow.
At times, it appeared as if the very spirit of Mrs. Thatcher was imbuing the silver screen with her awesome other-worldly presence.
When it comes to filmgoers - with a discerning discriminating eye (keen on delicious detail) - "The Iron Lady" is also a triumph for Weinstein & Company as well.
The cinematography - well - it's stunning.
And, the editing, distinctive and superb!
It's doubtful that the director (Phyllida Lloyd) could ever be capable of turning in a pedestrian approach to set-ups - even with regard to key establishing scenes - so natural and instinctive is her unique spellbinding cinematic style.
"The Iron Lady" is an inspiring peak into the political accomplishments of Britain's first female Prime Minister.
But, beyond the realm of politics, it also hits the mark in respect to a timely medical issue as well.
As moviegoers trot out the theater doors entertained, they are - no doubt - troubled by the prospect of being afflicted with Alzheimer's in their advancing years.
Which begs the question.
Is enough being done in the medical community to find treatments for the debilitating insiduous disease?