This biopic centres on Margaret Thatcher, the first ever female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Told through a series of flashbacks, we follow Thatcher (Meryl Streep) as she makes her way to the top of the male-dominated world of politics from humble beginnings as a grocer’s daughter. We see her struggle to deal with being a female Cabinet member, her eventual decision to stand as Leader of the Conservative Party, and her subsequent image change.
We also see her meet her future husband, Denis (Jim Broadbent), and watch their relationship grow alongside her political career.
Further flashbacks take us through a number of important, historical events which took place during her time as Prime Minister, including the civil disobedience and miners’ strike of the 1980s, and the bombing of the Brighton Grand Hotel. All the while we see how Denis and Margaret support and love one another amid the turmoil.
In the 1990s, we see an aging Thatcher, struggling to maintain her popularity both in her Cabinet and with the electorate, eventually leading to her resignation after 11 years as Prime Minister.
Returning to present day, Thatcher is emotional after reminiscing about her past and she starts thinking about Denis, her life in politics and the decisions she made that led her to this point. We see another side to the Iron Lady as she seeks some reassurance that she followed the right path in life.