“The IRON LADY” My rating: B- (Opening Jan. 13 at the ** theaters)
105 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13
By now we should be thoroughly inured to Meryl Streep’s transformational abilities.
Even so, her performance as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” comes as a shock.
Yes, she gets immeasurable help from an unsung crew of costumers, hairdressers and makeup artists. But as with any Streep performance, the magic goes far deeper than the surface. The way in which Streep’s Maggie Thatcher moves, holds herself, speaks — it is little short of eerie.
Streep’s believability in the role goes a long way toward ameliorating the movie’s biggest drawback — namely that director Phyllida Law (“Mamma Mia!”) and screenwriter Abi Morgan (“Brick Lane,” “Shame”) are deeply ambivalent about their subject.