A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare’s plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.
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Uneven, overtold, overproduced and self-indulgent - british periode drama has rarely been done with less subtlety. But the biggest problem is Roland Emmerich's shameful attempt at trying to make it all intellectual, leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth all together.
Emmerich's first venture into historical drama. Although he must learn more because of the bad editing and his mediocre way of telling the stories with many characters, the second half of the film gets better and more interesting. So this is still worth watching and luckily not a complete disaster
With such an audacious and tricky subject, and by the fact that it is directed by the director of two of the most awful films I've seen (10,000 BC, Godzilla), Anonymous turns out to be a fascinating film, visually gorgeous, and even if this theory has its fans and detractors, the film still remains worth watching, for Rhys Ifans performance and feast-for-the-eye direction.
Want to watch a period drama without all those pesky historical facts getting in the way? Anonymous is for you! SPOILER: Not only do we learn that Shakespeare isn't who he says he is, but Queen Elizabeth has illegitimate children and commits incest! Viewers might enjoy if they've flunked European History or are blind drunk at the time.
I don't mind the occasional conspiracy theory, George W. Bush is a lizard man who shot Princess Diana from the grassy knoll inside the moon landing movie set on a flat earth but who honestly gives a shit if a lily-wristed frenchman wrote a bunch of boring shit or not?
Surprised to see this film was directed by R. Emmerich, famous for many stupid movies. Maybe due to the mise-en-scéne and acting, it's an interesting story to watch. Worth viewing by Shakespeare's fans.