NEXT week sees the release of the long-awaited and controversial Margaret Thatcher biopic Iron Lady, starring Hollywood legend Meryl Streep.
Ahead of the release, critics have given the film mixed reviews despite universal praise for Meryl Streep’s performance as the Grantham-born former Prime Minister.
Grantham’s Conservative MP Nick Boles is looking forward to watching the film on the town’s most famous daughter.
Mr Boles said: “I’m very excited by it. There was a fear, given some of the people making it and given it’s a Hollywood film, that it may turn out to be a bit of a character assassination or a caricature of Margaret Thatcher.
“But it seems to be a film that actually takes a much more serious look at her and hasn’t just gone for cheap shots.
“The people who have seen it have said that Meryl Streep has really delivered an exceptional performance. I’m really excited to see it.”
One of the more controversial aspects of the film focuses on Baroness Thatcher’s dementia, using flashbacks to tell the story.
While this has offended some, Mr Boles believes the controversy could shine an important light on an under-acknowledged problem.
He said: “In a sense any film, so long as it’s handled sensitively, that increases people’s awareness of the fact that even the most forceful, strong and powerful figures and powerful personalities can fall victim to this and helps people understand the effect it has on their lives and the lives of their families, I don’t see as a bad thing.”
Mr Boles recognises that some of those who grew up under Thatcherism remain hostile towards her but he hopes everyone will see her significance as Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
He said: “Whether you agree with what she did or not, she was clearly a remarkable historical figure.
“She achieved remarkable things in her life, having been born in ordinary circumstances.”
l The Iron Lady is released on Friday, January 6. To book your tickets at Grantham Reel, log on to grantham.reelcinemas.co.uk
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