Last Friday night our friend Janet invited us to a Producer’s Guild screening of the movie, “Iron Lady“.
I haven’t mentioned it before, but one of the perks of living in Hollywood, is we get invitations to movie screenings. What are those? In order to get people in the *Industry* to see your film, which is especially important at the end of the year leading up to Oscar time, there are free screenings for members of the various unions and guilds. A valid industry card will get two free tickets to regular movie theaters, but I prefer the private screenings because they usually include conversations with the director, actors, cinematographer, production designer, costume designer, etcetera.
Before the movie started on Friday night a young woman went onto the stage to welcome us, remind us to switch off our cell phones, and then she said, “Please folks, we hope we’ll have your full attention so please don’t text during the show.”
This comment was made to a movie theater of adult professionals? Oh, well…!
and the movie?
The Iron Lady is an intimate, insightful story about Margaret Thatcher, the grocer’s daughter, who broke through gender and class barriers to become the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
I loved it.
I was entranced from the first scene where an elderly Maggie Thatcher with a scarf on her head, buys a pint of milk and is shocked at the price.
I kept wondering when Meryl Streep was going to show up. It took me at least thirty minutes before I realized I was watching Meryl, in what I think is her finest role to date.
I predict an Oscar for her, and if she doesn’t win, the Academy of Arts and Science will have to explain why not to me.
I also thought Jim Broadbent was an excellent Denis Thatcher, and predict an Oscar for him.
The movie was directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who was at our screening last weekend. She told us she’d also directed Meryl Streep in Mama Mia, that no one else (British or American) could’ve played Maggie, and how Meryl wowed the crew with her flawless British accent, plus superb portrayal of the Iron Lady.
The following trailer of the movie includes a clip of one my favorite scenes, one where Maggie remembers she has a husband and children: “I may be persuaded to surrender the hat,” Meryl says, “The pearls, however, are absolutely non-negotiable. Denis gave them to me when my twins were born…”