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Old 06-01-2013, 22:36
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On a side note.. sort of odd isn't it how many of todays issues where also issues back in her day too. Think she even just mentioned the French wanting to tax their rich people more! Politics is stuck in a repeating loop it seems! I kept expecting her to say 'big society' at one point.
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Old 06-01-2013, 22:47
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I despise this woman and I had no intention of watching it.
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Old 06-01-2013, 22:51
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They have taken liberties with some of the detail - when Airey Neave was killed they showed her having heard the explosion and running towards it, but in fact she was nowhere near Westminster. There is footage which I have seen many times of her on a visit somewhere and an aide whispers in her ear that there has been an explosion and she is visibly shocked and asks who was in the car - at that time they didn't know.

Maybe they did it deliberately to show that her memory was playing tricks on her?
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Old 06-01-2013, 22:59
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A very sanitised documentary on Thatcher's life.

Some truths are skewed which is understandable I guess, provided the target public it aims to reach.
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Old 06-01-2013, 23:03
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Am watching now on +1. I'm quite enjoying it as a sort of tv film. Got to say I don't know all that much about Thatcher but she's quite a mesmerizing woman it seems.
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Old 06-01-2013, 23:11
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One of the things I hated about her was her patronising, whining voice.
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Old 06-01-2013, 23:26
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i thought it was a great film, Meryl Streep was really fantastic as Margeret Thatcher, i wish there was more shown on the falklands war, liked seeing about her when she was younger, overall a good film if not all over the place at times

one thing i will say about Margeret Thatcher, love her or loathe her, she was a tough cookie
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Old 06-01-2013, 23:29
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Watched the film this evening and thought it was brilliant but that's not to say I don't understand the criticism. I feel it should be looked at as a kind of fantasy film but Meryl Streep is such a brilliant actress and I would go as far to say its one of the best acting performances I have ever seen. I couldn't stand Thatcher and remember many of the events of her career and the performance was just so good.
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Old 06-01-2013, 23:35
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Watched the film this evening and thought it was brilliant but that's not to say I don't understand the criticism. I feel it should be looked at as a kind of fantasy film but Meryl Streep is such a brilliant actress and I would go as far to say its one of the best acting performances I have ever seen. I couldn't stand Thatcher and remember many of the events of her career and the performance was just so good.
I don't think anyone is criticising Streep's performance -- she deserved the Oscar, when you consider her note-perfect execution and the other nominees on offer but the film for me was very sainitsed.
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Old 06-01-2013, 23:41
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As it is effectively a view of her career through her own eyes why is anyone expecting any different?

On a different slant, the audio mix is all over the place and I think it has blown one of my rear speakers.
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Old 07-01-2013, 15:10
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I don't think anyone is criticising Streep's performance -- she deserved the Oscar, when you consider her note-perfect execution and the other nominees on offer but the film for me was very sainitsed.
I didn't feel there was any critisim of Streeps performance but I can understand why people have a problems with the film itself. It could have been better but you could also argue why do a documentary? They tried to fit in too much and perhaps could have done a film similar to The Queen which just considered a certain event.
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Old 07-01-2013, 15:32
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I despise this woman and I had no intention of watching it.
Would you refuse to watch Der Untergang or do you think Adolf is a bit of a good bloke?
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Old 07-01-2013, 19:23
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Would you refuse to watch Der Untergang or do you think Adolf is a bit of a good bloke?
Well, obviously Adolf Hitler was not ' a bit of a good bloke'
I've never heard of Der Untergang. What is it ?
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Old 07-01-2013, 20:30
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I watched it and thought it was pretty good. I was surprised that politically it did show some balance. E.g. although it showed she stood firm over the Falkland Islands, it also referenced the fact that she had some responsibility for losing them in the first place, with the defence cuts that withdrew the ships. And while it showed she was strong against the unions, it also made very plain that the people that were suffering the most from her policies were the less well off.

An interesting theme that i thought was strongly hinted at was that Lady Thatcher was not comfortable with other women. Not only does she declare at one point that she prefers the company of men, it also hints that she had a close relationship with her father but was distant from her mother, and that of her children it was Mark, rather than Carol, that she was fondest of.

Of course a lot of this was pure Hollywood and it wouldn't be wise for anyone to confuse the film with reality. But it wasn't as sycophantic as i'd assumed it would be. And it did tell a good tale, and indeed was very sad at times. You really did feel sorry for Maggie at the end.

Meryl Streep deserved the Oscar, for sure.
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Old 08-01-2013, 15:38
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Watched it the other night like many others and i really didn't think much of it.

I thought Meryl Streep's performance has been a bit over-rated, she was good, but not amazing.

The period story was nice and it was nice to relive some historic events but so, so much of it is complete fiction. It's irritating some of the dramatisation in the story, a lot of it is simply made-up and some of the events are glorified in a horribly upbeat manner. People who did not live through her reign need to see what REALLY happened and not some fantastical cobblers that will probably wind-up being adopted as fact in the future.

The whole thing about depicting her as a senile old woman slowly losing her sanity was difficult to stomach and utterly irrelevant to who she was and what she did.

Simply put, 2/10 tops for me and the 2 is solely for Meryl Streep.
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Old 08-04-2013, 19:12
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Might watch this on Netflix tonight.
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Old 08-04-2013, 19:18
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I can see this being shown on TV soon.
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Old 13-04-2013, 22:33
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I can see this being shown on TV soon.
it was on Ch4 a couple of months ago but i agree, itll be on again soon.

PS i think Olivia Colman is amazing in this and Meryl has high praise for her
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Old 14-04-2013, 12:30
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A movie which was completely all over the place but Meryl deserved that Oscar.
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Old 14-04-2013, 13:39
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A movie which was completely all over the place but Meryl deserved that Oscar.
Spot on

That year was full of amazing performances. Meryl, Viola or Michelle could of easily walked away with that oscar
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