Was Shakespeare a Fraud?
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.
'To be or not to be.......
Not to be!'
P.s. Extra brownie points of you know from which film I stole that quote.
P.s.s. This film makes the film I stole that quote from look like Albert Einstein.
P.s.s.s. This film sucketh balls like thou wouldst not believe.
P.s.s.s.s. When will someone finally revoke Emmerich's filmmaking license, it's long overdue.
P.s.s.s.s.s. Why the hell was this film ever made? It has no historical credibility nor entertainment value.
It is hardly surprising the director of Independence Day would be so loose with history, although in fairness to Roland Emmerich the film never purports to be historically accurate, but I was disappointed there was no sign of an alien invasion and/or natural disaster. No doubt their presence would have livened things up considerably.
The myth of Shakespeare is almost as fascinating as the plays he left behind. Even ignoring the question of genuine authorship (a debate that rears its head every few years), the man was somewhat of an enigma with great periods of his life unaccounted for. It is this mystery that makes his own life ripe for dramatisation with Anonymous supporting the theory that it was the…
I can't say I've seen this. Basically what I've done today is what I've done with this film once before; attempted to sit down and watch it only to find I'm unable to get past the first 20 minutes.
The clunky cumbersome dialogue.
It's all 'Well, Sir Henry Cecil' and 'Oh Marlow, lend me some money' and 'Look Kit isn't that Edward De Vere sat over there next to the Earl of Oxford'
No one speaks like this! It's expositional introductions masquerading as dialogue and it's just CRINGEWORTHY!
I'll endeavour to try and watch it again at some stage and see if I can get beyond this. Perhaps one bored and booze filled day over Christmas? Maybe with drink I won't notice the rotten dialogue?
I saw Emmerich at Empire's Big Screen talking about Anonymous. He was extremely passionate in his belief that Shakespeare was a fraud and while I disagree, I'd hoped that passion would translate well in the film.
Oh. How. Wrong.
It's a mess. The narrative jumps all over the place. The performances lack credibility - only Rafe Spall's turn as Shakespeare was enjoyable - which is why I gave it half a star. There are various historical errors that I won't spend time listing as I've already wasted over 2 hours of my life on this film and that is far more than it deserves.
Utilizing the historical conspiracies/apocrypha regarding the true authorship of the works of William Shakespeare as its narrative engine, "Anonymous" is an effective and affecting costume drama. Richly designed and assembled, the film is good looking, engrossing, and shows the more interesting and less bombastic side of its director, Roland Emmerich. Whether or not you buy into the theory behind the film, the Elizabethan politics, the use of Shakespeare's most memorable works, and the themes dealing with the strength and dangerousness of words are more than enough to make "Anonymous" a satisfying and powerful experience.
I love the works of William Shakespeare. I guess you can call me a Shakespeare buff. I love Shakespeare as much as I love movies; which is a lot. I do truly believe he was a genuis. The idea behind this film is that Shakespeare never wrote any of his plays and while I don't agree with that theory, I think it's interesting subject matter and in the right hands it could make a fascinating film. Unfortunately, even if Roland Emmerich is passionate about what he believes, he does'nt know what to do with.
Emmerich is one of those people I cannot stand...the type of people who would argue with you about something by stating his own far fetched theories…
Awkward framing device aside, this is an engaging, often absorbing slice of speculative fiction.
Yeah... About that framing device, the question is why? It was odd to me that the first shot of this film (after the production company logos) is a helicopter shot of UPTOWN MANHATTAN in all its glory, followed by Derek Jacobi waltzing into a Broadway theater. Of course it had to be Derek Jacobi. Who else would it fucking be?
Anyway, it doesn't matter. But the movie that follows is an entertaining Elizabethan soap opera/political conspiracy thriller - take your pick.
The "unmasking" aspect of it is incidental; and not likely to make you utter the word "holy" followed by the word "shit," unless you're a…
La leggenda di William Shakespeare, tra inganni a corte, figli illegittimi e opere politiche. Rhys Ifans monumentale.
I don't particularly care whether the man named William Shakespeare actually the famous plays attached to his name. I've been hearing the theories since freshmen year in high school, and long ago decided it didn't really matter as long as the writing was appreciated for what it was. Therefore, while the tagline to this movie "Was Shakespeare a fraud?" was supposed to garner interest, for me and probably every other English major it barely raised an eyebrow.
But I caught a glimpse of this of this on one of the movie channels and I was surprised to find how committed this film was to concept of art. Of the artist, his drive, his work and his legacy. That I think…
I watched this instead of taking my morning jog. (It's 28 degrees outside. Conclusion: fuck that.)
However, freezing my tits off might have been more enjoyable than this mess.
Although it's an interesting story, Emmerich manages to bore the audience.
Quiet long, in pace. Nicely shot, story was lacking a bit thou, didn't really connect with it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A very interesting and well presented twist into the life and creation of 'William Shakespeare' and all of his works.
It enraptures you. There's so much to absorb from this fascinating story that has so much plausible possibility. Even if the events portrayed via this film are far from the truth and quite controversial, you find that the film is such an astounding tribute to all that he represents that it matters not.
The characters are so well played with an astounding amount of depth and it is wonderful how well everything within this story interlocks and concludes itself.
It is a wondrous tragedy about life, love and death. And that in itself already reflects the works of the artist…
Unexpected, to say the least about a movie from Roland Emmerich. Realistic atmosphere although the story feels far fetched. The scenery and settings suck you right in. 7/10