The Rise & Fall of Margaret Thatcher is a 2 DVD compilation of 3 movies and played by three very distinguished actresses. Never having been seen in America before the October 18th release, they are becoming wildly popular. The three movies in the compilation are:
Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley: Mrs. Thatcher is played by Andrea Riseborough. This is a very personal look at how Margaret’s possible path and thoughts as she rises to the Parliament.
Margaret Roberts is an ambitious twenty-something research chemist on the first rungs of the ladder to the Parliament. But is the Conservative Party ready for a young woman to speak her mind? The Long Walk to Finchley imagines what Thatcher’s journey to power might have been like.
The Falklands Play portrays the backroom story of the Falklands War. The play, once deemed too controversial to produce, provides a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher and her government faced one of the biggest crises in British foreign affairs.
Thatcher’s astonishing downfall was one of the most extraordinary stories of political assassination ever seen. This intimate portrayal shows the private figure behind the public persona as she loses the one thing she really cares about – power.
Each movie has it’s own distinct feel. Margaret Thatcher – The Long Walk to Finchley is more of a dramatic comedy. With Margaret played by a young Andrea Riseborough, you fall in love with her. She’s quirky in her own way but so driven you automatically have a sense of envy right off the bat. The Falklands Play incredibly surprised me with its remarkable dialog, emotional sequences and the amazing acting, especially by Patricia Hodge as Margaret Thatcher, was very moving. Margaret has a very well done Independent style to it, the cuts, the lighting; Lindsay Duncan did a superb job portraying what it must have felt like in those last days and it balances out with the poppy drama style of Margaret Thatcher – The Long Walk to Finchley.
All three of the movies, despite having different producers, directors and actresses, blend so well together that you would think it was a series. However, out of all of them The Falklands Play (which I assumed would have been my least favorite before watching as it was driven mostly by dialog) was my utmost favorite. You cannot watch the movie without at once feeling some sense of pride and desire to yell “Hear, hear!” when Patricia Hodge is giving out Margaret Thatcher’s speeches or feel a great loss at the moment when things don’t turn out so well and the Iron Lady falters. Very moving play, I can see how it could have been portrayed as too controversial at the time and I’m thankful it’s finally being released for others to enjoy it.
An overall fantastic DVD set and one I honestly hope that you all see. There are not many driven people, women or men, like Margaret Thatcher in the world and in some way it feels like such a shame there isn’t.
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