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Old January 6 2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Iron Lady - what were they thinking?

Cinemas in Scotland are showing The Iron Lady at multiple viewing times because they haven't actually given any thought to this beyond it being a Hollywood blockbuster.

A straw poll amongst office workers and friends revealed in my circle of acquaintance at least that nobody in their right mind would pay good money to go and watch a feelgood biopic about that fucking bastard.
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Old January 6 2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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But it's got Meryl Streep in it, and it's by the director of Mamma Mia. Surefire hit if ever there was one.

Now if it was a feel good film about someone dancing a merry jig on her grave, there's a blockbuster hit round these parts. But you know what... I'll likely see it (I won't be paying) just so I can hate it with every ounce of my soul, and hate myself for seeing it.
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Old January 6 2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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2012: Bob's year of self-loathing.
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Old January 6 2012, 11:07 AM   #4
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I can't see it doing good business anywhere much in the UK, outside the City of London, maybe.

Of course, being a biopic about a British old woman, our local one-screen fleapit have decided it's perfect for them (chick-flicks for the blue-rinse crowd are their thing) and are getting it instead of Puss In Boots - which I really fucking wanted to see!

At least they've got Sherlock Holmes 2 this week...
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Old January 6 2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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Skutter Claws wrote: View Post
But it's got Meryl Streep in it, and it's by the director of Mamma Mia. Surefire hit if ever there was one.

Now if it was a feel good film about someone dancing a merry jig on her grave, there's a blockbuster hit round these parts. But you know what... I'll likely see it (I won't be paying) just so I can hate it with every ounce of my soul, and hate myself for seeing it.
I believe that the 3D version actually does feature someone dancing a jig on her grave during the end credits.
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Old January 6 2012, 11:08 AM   #6
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You know, if I like it I may just have to take every tablet in my pharmacy draw.
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Old January 6 2012, 11:09 AM   #7
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I can't see it doing good business anywhere much in the UK, outside the City of London, maybe.

Of course, being a biopic about a British old woman, our local one-screen fleapit have decided it's perfect for them (chick-flicks for the blue-rinse crowd are their thing) and are getting it instead of Puss In Boots - which I really fucking wanted to see!

At least they've got Sherlock Holmes 2 this week...
Puss in Boots isn't really worth it. It's not terrible or owt but not really worth shelling out so see it.
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Old January 6 2012, 11:27 AM   #8
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Re: Iron Lady - what were they thinking?

Seems like you're not the only one wondering...

From Cineworld's Twitter
With folks planning on protesting outside our cinemas because we're showing The Iron Lady - are people finding the film that controversial?
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Old January 6 2012, 02:09 PM   #9
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I don't know. I'm quite looking forward to seeing it in some ways. I'll be looking out for the scene where they bus loads of working class people in and make them lie down in the gardens of number 10 so Thatch can trample on them. (At least I assume that scene will be there - I'm pretty sure it happened in real life...)
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Old January 6 2012, 02:50 PM   #10
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I'll wait for the American remake where Thatcher builds a high-tech suit of armour and flies to the Falklands to take on the Argentinians , led by Mickey Rourke.

Geoffory Howe will be played by Don Cheadle, reprising his awful accent from OCEAN'S ELEVEN, and Powers Boothe as Denis Thatcher, a raving alcoholic who struggles with being married to the female saviour of the free world.
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Old January 6 2012, 03:05 PM   #11
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As I understand it, it's supposed to be Oscar Bait anyway, so it doesn't matter if people actually see it.
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Old January 6 2012, 04:44 PM   #12
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If this is the effect it has on the Guardian reading set it might be worth a watch.
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Old January 6 2012, 04:54 PM   #13
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If this was in 3D i would be all over it. LOL
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Old January 6 2012, 05:08 PM   #14
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As I understand it, it's supposed to be Oscar Bait anyway, so it doesn't matter if people actually see it.
I was about to post that. This is just another in a long line of films - like Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men, Crash, etc - that is basically released as a lost leader at this point under the assumption it'll be nominated for at least one Oscar, in this case Best Actress (there's apparently a law now that mandates automatic Oscar nominations for any dramas Streep makes) and maybe a few others if the film is actually, you know, good. (Thatcher may not be very popular in the UK these days, but no one outside the UK cares anymore; see that in Canada all the time - in Alberta onetime Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is still treated as the Antichrist, but outside Alberta he's just a dead prime minister. Same thing with Thatcher and the UK/outside the UK except for the dead part.) Then the film will either get re-released or receive a speedy DVD/Blu-ray issue and make its money that way. Ref. Slumdog Millionaire.

The sad part is that out-of-the-gate "non-blockbuster" successes like The Help are pretty rare these days, so faced with competition from 3-D and people who are only interested in seeing things like Mission Impossible on the big screen, being Oscar bait is pretty much the only way these films have a chance of getting into the black.

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Old January 6 2012, 05:10 PM   #15
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I'll wait for the American remake where Thatcher builds a high-tech suit of armour and flies to the Falklands to take on the Argentinians , led by Mickey Rourke.

Geoffory Howe will be played by Don Cheadle, reprising his awful accent from OCEAN'S ELEVEN, and Powers Boothe as Denis Thatcher, a raving alcoholic who struggles with being married to the female saviour of the free world.
They could make it a bigger budget sequel to Churchill: The Hollywood Years.
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