Based on a discarded conspiracy theory regarding the "true authorship" of Shakespeare's work, this movie nevertheless benefits from some inspiring visuals and is convincing enough as an Elizabethan political sub-thriller of sorts. At the very least Rhys Ifans's performance is unimpeacheable.
Interesting historical fiction/reimagining of the legacy/authorship of the plays of William Shakespeare. Technically a triumph with a true artistry by the craftsmen involved on display. Dramatically however a mixed bag. Rhys Ifans rises to the challenge with a career best performance but the rest of the cast seems to flounder especially a miscast Spall. Emmerich's best work since 'Moon 44'.
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?
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
One of my most favorite movies ever now. Best History lesson ever. Using plays as political and cultural sabotage? Who knew. Can't understand the hate people are throwing on it. Cannot understand it at all. Excellent story for modern times as is usual with timeless stories.
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.
Despite an interesting premise and sharp period details, Anonymous is surprisingly boring; the narrative is sloppy, tepid, and burdened with a long list of characters that I stopped caring about halfway through the film. Emmerich didn't go for a disaster film this time, but the results are disastrous all the same.
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.