Meryl shows her mettle
WHAT can you say about Meryl Streep that hasn’t already been said a hundred times over? She’s been one of the best things about going to the movies for four decades and she’s still invariably the stand- out performer in nearly everything she appears in. It’s little surprise then that she effortlessly carries this look into the life of former polarising British PM Margaret Thatcher with the same screen- gripping performance she always does. Tracing Thatcher’s life from her humble beginnings through to becoming an MP and eventually into the top job, the film is told in a series of flashbacks as the elderly Thatcher deals with the mental deterioration that comes with old age. It’s reminiscent of Helen Mirren’s turn in The Queen in that it really is all about the star. And much like that film, it doesn’t deliver a great deal more than light bio- drama. Extras: ½ The two- part making- of doco mostly features director Phyllida Lloyd and Meryl Streep giving their thoughts on ‘‘ Mags’’ and the project, plus there are featurettes on Thatcher’s jokey hubby Denis and the costume design.