I thought it was awful. It turns out that the dementia of a living person makes for a grotesque plot device (and not an credible narrative technique, my friend noted, because the film suggests that it's dramatizing the memories of someone whose memory isn't reliable).

It may be tricky to do a biopic of a person who is alive, and well-known, but it's not impossible. The obvious comparison is Stephen Frears' The Queen, which I thought was excellent, and which seemed to illuminate recent history rather than confuse it. (Have you ever thought of the Falklands War as a statement of feminist principle?) It's a shame in view of the fact that there probably could have been a great movie about Margaret Thatcher, and one that would have brought up some interesting discussions in America circa 2012.

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