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Anonymous-My Review October 22, 2011 12:00 AM | Tagged as anonymous, conspriacy, movie
Your wait is over-my Anonymous movie review is here!

I know you all must be totally waiting to do anything today until you have read my review of the movie Anonymous so here it is in a nut shell: 

It was really good for a complete work of fiction. There! Actually this will be more of an editorial than a review. 

Now let me elaborate. Roland Emmerich has directed some really fun movies like Stargate, and Independence Day, but he has also directed some duds. Anonymous is a fun movie! If you ignore the fact that he changes a lot of historical facts and also that he portrays William Shakespeare as the opportunistic, illiterate town lush, then you can still enjoy the film as a work of fiction. 

It is because of my love of the works of Shakespeare that I am able to “suspend” reality and just enjoy a good story! In this movie, we are asked to imagine that Shakespeare was a fraud and never wrote a word because he was illiterate. Yes, he could read, after all, he was, first, an actor, and had to be able to read the lines, but he could not write a single letter. I would really like to hear from any professional educators to see if that is even possible! Is it possible to be able to read but not write? REALLY???? Anyway, Shakespeare, finds the opportunity to take credit for writing plays that were really written by the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, because as a noblemen, he was not allowed to participate in such activities so beneath his rank in society. So, WS was illiterate, clever, but not clever enough to write his a, b, c’s? Again, you see why I am skeptical. 
Then you have the whole story line about Queen Elizabeth, and her loose morals, and constantly being portrayed as being weak enough to be manipulated by first William Cecil, and then his son Robert. I can’t believe that a great queen like her was really as weak minded as they say she was! I can except that the “Virgin” Queen was not the most moral person, and she wasn’t perfect, but she was a great Queen and leader! Yes, she had good advisors but in the end, she was in charge! Isn’t that a sign of being a good leader; to have good advisors around you and listen to their advice and then make the decision? Am I just looking at her through rose colored glasses? I don’t think so. 

Again, I am sorry about editorializing, now back to reviewing. 

Now to the acting; it was excellent. Vanessa Redgrave was great as Queen Elizabeth, even though I didn’t agree with their version of the queen. Redgrave’s daughter, Joely Richardson was great as the young Elizabeth also. 


David Thewlis (Remus Lupin in Harry Potter films) was unrecognizable at the manipulative William Cecil. The main character of Edward de Vere was played by Rhys Ifans (pronounced Reese Ee-vans). 

He was excellent as the tormented and stifled play write. He was used and manipulated by just about everyone and it made you wonder if he ever had any backbone of his own! Historically speaking, I have always liked Ben Johnson, who was a contemporary writer in Shakespeare’s day, but in this movie, I did not like him at all! But the way Sebastian Armesto portrayed him was the reason for my dislike of him. He did a great job of showing another jealous man with no backbone to say what was really going on. I think the only person that really showed any initiative and backbone in the movie was William Shakespeare, played entertainingly by Raph Spall.

Raph is the son of Timothy Spall who played Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail in Harry Potter films-and who is in almost every other wonderful movie made in England! I really enjoyed Spall’s portrayal of the “fictional” Shakespeare. I still liked the character, even though he was a drunk, he was very funny! 

So to wrap things up; the movie is worth seeing just for entertainment value, however, if the “de Vere” camp was hoping to win over any new converts, I would be very surprised if they did with this movie. There are just too many facts they ignore and too many speculations they accept as fact. They didn’t even portray Christopher Marlow’s murder correctly! But don’t get me started again on the inaccuracies… just go and enjoy a fun “fictional” movie! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011 2:21 PM
I agree with all you said. A very good "fictional" movie that didn't change my mind. WS knew how to speak to the people (poor, middle class and rich) and bring out their emotions. I can't see an aristocrat being able to see all sides like that. ??? And why would an aristocrat even want to "speak" to the poor and middle class? I really had a hard time with all the inaccuracies to fact regarding Queen Elizabeth and her court. But, boy was it a beautifully made movie. The sets, costumes, acting, all of it was incredible. Old London was amazing. I would go see the movie again just for that. There were some parts of the movie where it got a little confusing bouncing back and forth through the decades. A little extreme on how they portrayed WS as an idiot. Not only do they strip him of ANY brains to write, but they totally trash his character in all ways.
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