Meryl Streep is featured in a new trailer for “Iron Lady,” about former UKPrime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of the world’s most controversial political leaders.
Whether The Weinstein Company movie does justice to Thatcher’s legacy remains to be seen. The film is under fire in Great Britain from conservatives, who claim Streep misinterprets Thatcher’s personality and her impact on the nation.
The latest trailer highlight’s Thatcher’s iron will, and also touches on The Falklands War, one of the more controversial actions during her term as prime minister, which lasted from 1979 to 1990.
Thatcher is to Britain what Ronald Reagan is to conservatives in the United States. Both evoke strong feelings about their terms in office and both have devout defenders as well as determined critics.
“She was never, in my experience, the half-hysterical, over-emotional, over-acting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep,” said former Thatcher cabinet member and Conservative Party Head Norman Tebbit, writing in London’s The Telegraph newspaper.
Despite the film’s substance, Streep has drawn raves for her portrayal.
“Streep has the imbasilisk stare; the tilted, faintly predatory posture. Her delivery, too, is eerily good – a show of demure solicitude, invariably overtaken by steely, wild-eyed stridency,” according to a review in London’s Guardian newspaper.
Check out the trailer below.