Meryl Streep is the best actress of her generation, and she raises the bar again as 1980s British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Streep spends most of the film portraying Thatcher as she is now: an elderly woman looking back on her life. Confused, sometimes delusional, she carries on conversations with her dead husband, Denis, played by Jim Broadbent.
Alexandra Roach does a fine job portraying Thatcher as a young woman, but Streep's powerful performance warrants Oscar consideration.
Streep is so good that you get the feeling she could have been cast as the lead in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and pulled it off.
Her performance covers up some of the film’s shortcomings, especially its failure to explore in depth some of Thatcher’s most controversial moments.
The story of such a giant figure of 20th-century politics should have been more engrossing, so the flick-o-meter gives The Iron Lady four out of five.
If you can't fit a serious film into your New Year's revelry, don't worry; The Iron Lady won't be playing anywhere in the United States but New York and Los Angeles until Jan. 13.
Dinner: Captain D's
If you can't make it to either New York or L.A. before the film's wide release, perhaps you'll settle for a British favorite, fish and chips, or as more people might call it here and at Captain D's, fish and fries.