Movie Review: The Iron Lady


Margaret Thatcher – a controversial figure. A hero to some, a villian to others. But none would argue that she was an incredibly influential Prime Minister, whether that influence was positive or negative is very much down to individual political opinion.

The Iron Lady charts Thatcher’s rise from daughter of a shop keeper to Prime Minister of the UK. The film uses a flashback mechanism that some have criticised, for me it worked very well. Let me get this out of the way now – this is not a political documentary. The flashbacks are often brief and the film jumps ahead frequently which some may find jolting. Thatcher’s dementia serves as the catalyst for these flashbacks. I found myself quite moved watching the old, frial Thatcher flashback to times when she was by all accounts incredibly powerful. The film has been criticised for using the illness of dementia to tell her story, however I felt it was handled very well and serves as a look at the struggle people, no matter who you are, have with such an awful illness.

At the heart of the film is Meryl Streep. She puts in easily the performance of her career. She is simply outstanding. At points I forgot I was watching an American actress and instead felt I was almost watching Thatcher herself. She’s THAT good. She’s backed up by an equally impressive support however she steals the show with ease.

A favourite scene of mine is actually the opening which see’s Thatcher out buying milk on her own, dressed as any other old lady in a shop manned by an asian gentleman blasting out bollywood style music – the look on her face when she realises a pint of milk is 49p is priceless.

Does it paint her in a good light? Yes. Will it change your opinion of her? No. Is it worth your money to see it? Absolutely.

 

4  tits out of 5

 

 

Movie Review – Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol


Mission:Impossible was good, Mission:Impossible II was poor, Mission:Impossible III was better, Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol is excellent.

Wasn’t expecting too much from this when I went to see it however I walked out of the cinema at the end pleasantly suprised.  You know it’s going to be good when the first 15 minutes are almost zero dialogue and pure action with Tom Cruise escaping from a Russian prison. This time around we have a few additional characters, non of them get a significant back story, but this isn’t Shakespear, it’s an action movie where character development is largely unneccesary.

Interestingly, Cruise doesn’t hog the scenes or the script on this occasion and some of the other characters do get a look in. This means it’s more akin to what Mission:Impossible should be about – a team dynamic, funky gadgets and high octane action sequences. Speaking of the action sequences, these are excellent throughout. Yes, the one that stands out does have Cruise dangling from the worlds tallest building but there are plenty of others to keep you going.

All in all a very enjoyable film. I’ve read other reviews that comment on the plot being overly complicated or having too many twists, but c’mon it’s not THAT complicated.

4.5 out of 5 tits.

 

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There I am....

I’ve seen ‘A Clockwork Orange’ – I didn’t become inherently violent overnight. I’ve seen ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and I didn’t head down to my nearest DIY store to pick up a chainsaw and go butcher a few people. Last year I watched ‘The Human Centipede’ and tempting as it was, I didn’t hunt down three people to attach to each other ass to mouth.

And so it’s disappointing that this week the BBFC have found it right to ban the sequel – ‘The Human Centipede II’. I’ve read the report and I appreciate it has some rather gruesome, graphic scenes in it but for the love of god its a film. Do we genuinely expect people to go out and try to produce a centipede of people and then masturbate over it? Really?

What really grinds my gears is that when you reach 18 in this country you are deemed an adult – if you commit a crime, you are tried as an adult, you can drink, smoke and do whatever you want within the remit of the law so why is it then if you are an adult and expected to act like one can a board of what I suspect is a gang of  60yo toffs tell us what we can and cannot watch.

This film isn’t going to be shown on ITV at 9pm on a Saturday night with a foreword by Ant & Dec. It’s going to be shown at the cinema where you make a conscious decision to hand over money and go and see it of your own free will. In addition to my knowledge when you sit in a cinema, you aren’t strapped in – if you don’t like it, leave. You’d do the same at home if you were watching something you didn’t like, you’d switch it off.

Would it be damaging to children to see it? Absolutely! But why should everyone else take responsibility for shit parenting across the UK.

And so I say this – what the BBFC are effectively saying is you are all adults, however we aren’t going to let you see this film because we don’t think you are adult enough to appreciate its fiction and you may go out and try to create a centipede.