If anyone’s been worried that The Iron Lady would try to play down Margaret Thatcher’s conservativism, I think that needn’t be a concern — the full-length trailer that’s just been released doesn’t stint much, and I’m curious as to how images of protestors being beaten in the U.K. in the ’80s will play against the continuing clashes between Occupy Wall Street protestors and the police:
I don’t know how much the movie will get into her foreign policy other than the Falklands — her policies on South Africa and Cambodia at the U.N. were less than admirable — or how it’ll assess her shutdowns of U.K. coal mines, a move to both break unions and get England headed towards renewable energy, but that may have simply been faster than was practical. The trailer certainly suggests that the movie will have a lot of psychology, whether Thatcher’s wrestling with her ambition and her sense of family responsibility, or asserting that the fight against sexism means she has the experience to know what the Falklands War will cost. And I’m all for portraying the impact of sexism, how women in positions of leadership have to structure everything from their haircuts to their position papers to protect themselves from its impact as much as possible.
But not everything is psychology, and not all political decisions are determined by what might be the dominant day-to-day conflict in someone’s life. I’ve felt this with Homeland, too, that as tempting as it is to reduce the roles people play in world-historical conflicts to personalities, ideology is powerful too.