Meryl shows her met­tle

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

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