Today, in a new time of budget wars, The Iron Lady's depiction of draconian cuts as feminist guts is chilling. What Thatcher called "harsh medicine" meant one thing for the poor and another for the very powerful then, and it still does.
As I slowly became aware of politics, I admired Thatcher, like many others did, as a "strong leader." It was only after I discovered I was gay and studied politics that I realized her policies were, in fact, anti-gay.
Progressives will likely take umbrage with the movie's glorification of Thatcher. But in the end, Thatcher's obstinacy becomes her downfall. No matter how the movie glorifies her rise to power, her fate is the strongest indictment of her character.