Meryl Streep plays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, but this isn’t a typical biopic. It follows her career from outspoken Oxford student to her resignation as PM, but spends too much time flashing back from her waning years. Although this device has been used many times before (most recently in “J. Edgar”), there’s usually a clear timeline and a fleshed-out story. In this case, she’s sometimes pitiful and haunted by the past. Streep turns in a complex, compelling performance and the rest of the cast is strong. It’s just the screenplay that keeps the film from becoming an stirring story.
GAY ANGLE: Apparently, nobody gay figured in her life.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.