‘The Iron Lady’ international teaser trailer

Posted by · 10:56 am · July 7th, 2011

The Weinstein Company has a handful of possibilities in this year’s Oscar season. As usual, we can expect the boys to sit back and wait for a contender to survive Darwin-style before doubling down, but one element of “The Iron Lady” everyone expects to have no trouble finding a nomination is Meryl Streep’s performance as Margaret Thatcher. The recent teaser trailer (launched at The Guardian) builds on the expectation that it’s a transformative turn. Check it out by clicking the image below or watch an embed after the jump. (And note to The Guardian: You’re a giant corporation. Get an embed code and/or find a more handsome way to publish these exclusive trailers you get. Seriously)

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  • 1 7-07-2011 at 11:03 am

    Duncan Houst said...

    I honestly have gotten to the point in which I just don’t care about Meryl Streep anymore. And I’m also sad to see that Roger Allam is in yet another film. He’s one of those actors who just needs to stop being in anything, like Mark Strong.

  • 2 7-07-2011 at 11:15 am

    MattyD. said...

    Am I the only one who doesn’t think this is going to do very well? After this teaser, I’m feeling worse not better. I will hold out strong opinions until the film actually bows, but…I worry for her position in the final five even with the film hitting many of Oscar’s sweet spots.

  • 3 7-07-2011 at 11:16 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’ll admit I cringed at the trailer, but it could just be ill-advised tone assigned to it or something. Curious it dropped right after Albert Nobbs was announced as in the race.

  • 4 7-07-2011 at 11:18 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    @Duncan How do you dislike Mark Strong? I’m the opposite of you man I like seeing him in anything.

  • 5 7-07-2011 at 11:59 am

    James D. said...

    My favorite part was the music from Moon. I think I will watch that again instead of this movie.

  • 6 7-07-2011 at 12:28 pm

    red_wine said...

    Streep looks beyond preposterous in this. I think she might complete her trilogy of horrible performances and thoroughly undeserved Oscar nominations.

  • 7 7-07-2011 at 12:48 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...


    I love you. You said most things I can’t articulate quite as well as you.

  • 8 7-07-2011 at 12:49 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I meant say not said

  • 9 7-07-2011 at 1:01 pm

    James said...

    Not good. Not good at all.

  • 10 7-07-2011 at 1:23 pm

    Sawyer said...

    I’m telling you. The Iron Lady is this year’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Meryl will be this year’s Cate Blanchett. She’ll get the defacto nom (and it might even be in doubt if the film is really bad), and nothing else will stick, except maybe makeup.

    I’ll be glad to eat my words if I’m wrong.

  • 11 7-07-2011 at 1:30 pm

    Moviehobbyist said...

    Guess I’m all alone in liking this trailer. It’s far better than anyting I’ve seen this summer.

  • 12 7-07-2011 at 1:41 pm

    Amir said...

    why doesn’t this look as bad to me as it does to everyone else?
    i actually kinda like it, and i almost always hate biopics.

  • 13 7-07-2011 at 1:49 pm

    Squasher88 said...

    This trailer is way too brief to make a proper assessment. The tone of this trailer could be completely different to the rest of the film.

  • 14 7-07-2011 at 2:02 pm

    Robert said...

    It can’t be a good sign that this one left me, shall we say, completely underwhelmed. I’ll hold out judgment because it is Meryl but this teaser left me decidely cold. But, really, if Nobbs is any good, I just don’t see Close losing. If there’s anyone owed, it’s her.

  • 15 7-07-2011 at 2:17 pm

    JJ1 said...

    This teaser makes the movie look like it’ll get nominations for Meryl and Make-up, and will do decently in box office (but not good), and be in the 50’s on RT.

    Doesn’t it look potentially like one of “those”?

  • 16 7-07-2011 at 3:17 pm

    The Dude said...

    Can’t say I was impressed. There is way too little here to really get a sense of how well the movie (or Streep’s performance) will play out, but considering that many have chalked this up as the year’s only sure-fire nomination I was left quite disappointed. Maybe it’s the tone of the teaser, but it just didn’t feel…right. For me, Close’s chances for the win have just slightly gone up.

  • 17 7-07-2011 at 3:29 pm

    Maxim said...

    That’s some serious magging there. Nevertheless, people are all to easily impressed. Shame she’s playing such a loathsome character.

  • 18 7-07-2011 at 3:56 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Maxim, please, I have to put up with braindead lefties all day at work. Can’t you be more intelligent (and less partisan) in your comments on a movie site?

  • 19 7-07-2011 at 4:06 pm

    Robert said...

    @ Frank Lee

    She’s a divisive historical figure so many intelligent people would, in fact, agree that she’s loathsome. Nothing shocking there. And, really, who’s dragging the conversation down on “a movie site” by resorting to a personal and highly partisan attack.

  • 20 7-07-2011 at 4:12 pm

    Lucas said...

    The voice is prefect.

    Everything else isn’t. The mannerisms we see at the end aren’t Thatcheresque at all. Obviously this is 30 seconds of a two hour piece, but the whole political drama meets chick flick makeover vibe I’m getting doesn’t bode well. Let us Streepers hope that the trailer is just a dud.

  • 21 7-07-2011 at 5:07 pm

    SJG said...

    It’s a terrible trailer, and it’s funny how even when Meryl Streep gives great performances she always comes across as MERYL STREEP as [whatever character] rather than as the character, but I must say that she has Thatcher’s vocal inflection and facial tics perfect in that very small moment.

    Ultimately I’m going to judge this movie more based on whether it’s a fair representation of a woman who should fascinate us regardless of our political affiliations, or if it’s just going to be some smarmy liberal hit-job / hagiographic conservative white-washing of the former Prime Minister.

    Which means that I feel like I have no choice but to watch it before I can make any kind of fair evaluation. Typically I have nothing against pre-judging a movie to be unwatchable and then never watching it, but even if this one seems unwatchable I’ll have to give it a shot anyway.

  • 22 7-07-2011 at 5:09 pm

    SJG said...

    It’s funny how Lucas thinks the mannerisms “aren’t Thatcheresque at all” whereas I felt like the mannerisms were much better than the voice.

    I think the problem is that the mannerisms are spot on, but they feel artificial. You can almost see Streep thinking “And NOW to lift the eyebrows… and NOW to purse the lips…”

  • 23 7-07-2011 at 5:20 pm

    tony rock said...

    Too early to truly judge, but that small clip makes the performance look dangerously close to caricature.

  • 24 7-07-2011 at 5:49 pm

    Michael said...

    I can’t get over how much she looks like Faye Dunaway (post-plastic surgery). I think Sawyer (#10) was onto something when he predicted a similar trajectory to Elizabeth: The Golden Age. The teaser didn’t really hook me as I had hoped (and I was a fan of guilty-pleasure “Mamma Mia”), but obviously this isn’t an indication of the entire film (I hope at least.) We will have to wait and see what goes down as the release date draws closer….

  • 25 7-07-2011 at 5:55 pm

    mitchell said...

    another episode of…Meryl Streep Does Funny Voices. I do think her awards prospects look good though

  • 26 7-07-2011 at 5:57 pm

    Maxim said...

    Frank, I’ll stand by my loathsome description and the fact that it’s perfectly appropriate to comment on the subject of the movie based on a trailer designed to provoke just that. You can keep your opinion to yourself.

  • 27 7-07-2011 at 6:04 pm

    Jeff said...

    I don’t know about y’all, but I was shocked by this teaser — in the most positive of fashions. Streep doesn’t chew the scenery here. She metamorphoses into Maggie. Every pore oozes the residue of complete conversion into Thatcher, warts and pearls and all. I anticipate this to be a potentially legendary performance. Glenn Close, gotta watch ur back, ma ;)

  • 28 7-07-2011 at 6:15 pm

    RichardA said...

    Not a good clip at all. I think the problem is that the tone of the clip makes it sound it’s a satire and not very “iron lady”.

    And the make up on the cheek bones are way too intense.

    It’s early. Remember when The King’s Speech had that ridiculous poster early in season?

  • 29 7-07-2011 at 6:41 pm

    Eunice said...

    The makeover thing really threw me off. They should’ve taken another moment from the film. Using that for the teaser makes the movie seem less like a drama and more like a satire. That Phyllida Lloyd is helming this is making me more nervous.

  • 30 7-07-2011 at 6:52 pm

    via collins said...

    Man oh man, I cannot wait to see this one.

    I’m puzzled as to how the heck judgement calls can be made based on a snippet. But there you go.

    I’d never considered style teams molding Maggie, so I’m on the back foot already. Bring it on….

  • 31 7-07-2011 at 7:42 pm

    DylanS said...

    Is it just me, or is Clint Mansell’s music used in every single movie trailer. First, “the Requiem for a Dream” theme in the “Two Towers” trailer. Then “Frost/Nixon using “The Fountain”, and now “Moon”. I’m assuming we’ll hear some of “Black Swan” being used down the road.

  • 32 7-07-2011 at 7:55 pm

    Rashad said...

    When she smiles and does her mouth it looks like a comedy

  • 33 7-07-2011 at 8:54 pm

    Gary said...

    I love the trailer! If Meryl does not get it for this film, she’ll never have her 3rd Oscar again!

    This is do or die for Meryl!. Oh wait, let’s see who’s behind her: Foster, Winslet for Carnage, Swinton or Close… Interesting.

    It’s Meryl’s to lose…

  • 34 7-07-2011 at 8:55 pm

    Gary said...

    I love the trailer! If Meryl does not get it for this film, she’ll never have her 3rd Oscar again!

    This is do or die for Meryl!..

    It’s Meryl’s to lose…

  • 35 7-07-2011 at 9:36 pm

    DonB. said...

    “Not a good clip at all. I think the problem is that the tone of the clip makes it sound it’s a satire and not very “iron lady”. ”

    1 minute clip is not enough.

    That said, if you follow carefully she is doing satire in the clip. She is “acting” to the two men. And then she laughs at her own act. The only part where she is playing Thatcher comes during the last sentence when she says that is the tone we want to strike.

  • 36 7-07-2011 at 9:54 pm

    Eric said...

    What the hell? There’s barely ten seconds and you guys are already scrutinizing it or claiming its Meryl’s to lose. Wait until you actually see the film to have an opinion. Meryl had what..two lines? Ridiculous.

  • 37 7-07-2011 at 11:05 pm

    j said...

    If it’s not Streep, I’d rather it be another Oscarless actress over Close. Especially Olsen, but I’d be fine with Mara, Dunst, Williams, Hathaway, or Knightley at this point.Wow, the Oscarless actresses in this race are pretty young aside from Close.

  • 38 7-07-2011 at 11:27 pm

    Adam M. said...

    I’m mostly impressed (though not surprised) by the Weinsteins who, surely, deliberately let this trailer drop before the pick-up of ‘Albert Nobbs’ had a chance to reverberate.

  • 39 7-08-2011 at 12:17 am

    Sean said...

    This was dropped by Pathe, not Weinstein. You cannot base a logical opinion of either the movie or Streep’s performance based on this 30 second clip. Thatcher is acting to the two men in this clip, that is clear, so it is not a parody. Let’s wait for a full trailer and not a teaser. In any event, I am not buying the Close factor until I see her trailer. I saw the play in 1982 and it put me to sleep, yes I was 12, but it put me to sleep

  • 40 7-08-2011 at 1:19 am

    Danny King said...

    I couldn’t be less interested in this. I loved “Another Year,” so I’m eager to see Broadbent’s performance, however small it may be. But I’ve developed a loathing for Streep vehicles such as this one.

  • 41 7-08-2011 at 5:45 am

    JJ1 said...

    This is Streep. I hardly think she’ll give a poor performance. She’ll have done her homework, bigtime.

    The teaser doesn’t look promising. But my God, it also only includes about 20-25 seconds of her tops.

  • 42 7-08-2011 at 6:37 am

    Alberto said...

    Alberto says:
    Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:31am

    I’m afraid it’s over for Streep. It’s early to judge either film or performance, but it looks very disappointing.
    I don’t buy the Streep vs. Close theory either.
    There’s a bunch of younger actresses with a bigger chance. Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Olson and, especially Rooney Mara. I think she can really pull it off.
    Here’s my point:

  • 43 7-08-2011 at 1:04 pm

    Speaking English said...

    That screenshot above looks like “Dreamgirls” or “La Vie en Rose.” Weird photo.

  • 44 7-08-2011 at 4:21 pm

    Shawn said...

    I like the trailer. The music is distracting, but the scene is a good one. There’s drama, reversal and transformation. Streep presents a character that is likable, or, more importantly, charismatic. She’s also complex. It will be fun to watch.

  • 45 7-08-2011 at 5:51 pm

    Eric said...

    Alberto, what does that have to do with your “point”? The article praises Streep.

  • 46 7-09-2011 at 3:13 am

    Alberto said...

    @eric yes, maybe I wasn’t clear. The article praises Streep (like me, for I’d love her to win a third Oscar), but says that there are other actresses with bigger chances (Swinton and Mara). Anyhow, don’t take me wrong, I’ll be the happiest man on earth if she wins.
    A friend of mine tells me that the trailer is actually very smart, since it presents Thatcher in the moment when nobody thought she could pull it off, and similarly Streep is presented in this way to ‘pretend’ she cannot make it. Thatcher did obviously pull it off, and so will Streep, says my friend. Maybe too sophisticated for a trailer…
    Anyhow, my fear is not Streep, but the director. She’s simply a bad filmmaker.

  • 47 7-09-2011 at 7:42 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    “If it’s not Streep, I’d rather it be another Oscarless actress over Close. Especially Olsen”

    Have you seen Olsen’s performance? Should Leo, Brad, or Gary get one because they’re Oscarless? Close deserves one more than any person you or I could name.