Report: Thatcher Devotees Slam Iron Lady After Early Glimpse
Grains of salt at the ready! The Daily Mail reports that it caught up with viewers following an early screening of the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, and fans of the former British prime minister were most displeased, I say.
Accompanied by a list of five things the film reportedly gets wrong (e.g. Thatcher's husband Denis indeed once wore a pink turban in India, but no no no he never taunted the old lady with party favors while doing so, jeez), the Mail account cites not-so-pullquotable reactions like "insulting" and "I didn't come here to see a film about granny going mad." The film's alleged depiction of Thatcher hallucinating struck Telegraph columnist Mandrake as especially distasteful, prompting him to write that current prime minister David Cameron would "come to regret" allowing star Meryl Streep to sit in a special VIP section while observing and researching House of Commons proceedings. Yes! Please David Cameron, set aside all that phone-hacking and rioting nonsense and regret not... guarding Margaret Thatcher's legacy through a stricter standard for Parliamentary VIP seating?
Anyway, this happened. Reportedly. The Iron Lady opens Stateside on Dec. 16.
· Friends revulsion at film that portrays Lady Thatcher as 'granny going mad' [Daily Mail via LAT]