Long-awaited Iron Lady hits the big screen

PUBLISHED: 16:37 05 January 2012

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Photo Credit: Alex Bailey

DESPITE the new year only being a few days old, one of 2012s biggest films hits our screens when The Iron Lady (12A) is released tomorrow (Fri).

The blockbuster tells the story of how Margaret Thatcher, played by Meryl Streep, makes an unprecedented rise to power through a male-dominated political world to become Britain’s first female Prime Minister in 1979.

In a quintessentially British film, American Streep is joined by household names such as Jim Broadbent and Richard E Grant in the compelling tale which is already being touted for Oscar success.

The film, named after the reputation Thatcher built up for her tough stance, takes people behind the scenes of 10 Downing Street, providing an insight into what made Thatcher one of the most revered and controversial Prime Ministers in British history during a time of war, communism and widespread strikes on the home front.

Away from politics, a Bollywood remake of the Italian Job catches the eye in Players (12A), released tomorrow (Fri).

Fans of the 1969 classic starring Michael Caine may not approve, but unlike the 2003 remake the Indian take on the heist takes a novel twist on the plot.

The film, set in Eastern Europe, follows Charlie who leads a double life as an accountant by day and a cool calculated criminal by night.

Charlie though has his eye on one of the most audacious and lucrative robberies in history and assembles a team capable of stealing millions of pounds worth of gold while in transit.

And finally this week sees comedy Goon (15) released in which a lazy bouncer at a sleazy bar makes it all the way to the NHL courtesy of his ability to knock out the sport’s toughest players.

Starring Jay Baruchel, Sean William Scott and Liev Schreiber, the film follows one man’s journey to the pinnacle of ice hockey, despite not being able to skate.

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