I went to watch THE IRON LADY (2011, Phyllida Lloyd) with low expectations and without a clear opinion on the person Margaret Tatcher, and probably because of this I was able to enjoy the film.
As Kevin Maher writes on Little White Lies #39, this is a film about the life of a politician which does not explore politics at all, but is rather concerned in the feelings of the central character - who, ironically enough, says at some point that people nowadays are too concerned with feelings, but should rather worry about thoughts and ideas.
Philip Kemp of Sight & Sound (February 2012, Volume 22, Issue 2) even quotes director Phyllida Lloyd stating that “[The Iron Lady] is not about policy in any way. It’s all told from [Margaret Tatcher’s] point of view”, and notices how believing that a Prime Minister’s point of view, however questionable her actions were, could exclude policy at all, is quite “bizarre”.
The story about Margaret’s grief and fear of loneliness is very moving and well represented, and that alone made the film worth of my time. Probably that is not what this film was supposed to be mainly about, though.