My main problem with the movie was that it didn't employ a linear narrative, and seems to hopscotch back and forth in time. Maybe, it feels disjointed because the story unfolds via a series of remembrances. Taking place around 2008, the audience finds Maggie in the grips of dementia. Though her husband Denis is dead, his ghost interacts with Maggie throughout. It’s these hallucinations, or sometimes a home movie, old photograph, or news story that sparks the flashbacks which depict the important episodes in her life. These memories are juxtaposed with Maggie trying to navigate her way through everyday life as she tries desperately to grasp reality.
Her descent’s heartbreaking to watch, and her exchanges with ghost-Denis only highlight her internal conflict. But, despite being a clever story-telling device, the movie could have been told another way and remained just as poignant. Similarly frustrating, the occurrences that are portrayed in flashbacks don’t seem to flow sequentially. For example, the Falklands War seems to break-out during the end of her premiership instead of the beginning. But again, I wondered if the skewed timeline was supposed to be a product of Maggie’s confused mind.
So, my final verdict-skip it! Listen to the podcast (do that anyway!) and if you're just itching to see the movie, watch the trailer below. You'll save yourself 1 hr. 40 min. and have a better experience. Womp, womp.