Anonymous received some very mixed reviews. I am not sure why. I thought it was excellent. I love the graphically created London of the time period. The costumes were authentic. And the acting was superb. Vanessa Redgrave was extraordinary in my opinion. Even if you don't buy the theory behind the authorship of Shakespeare's presented in the film, its still a well written thought provoking screenplay.
I always accepted the idea that Shakespeare wrote his own plays, and considered anything to the contrary to be merely speculation not fact. So, the premise-what if Shakespeare never wrote a word, I found not to be appealing. Upon reading some good reviews, I decided to see it, and found it to be a high quality production and a wonderful experience. Director Roland Emmerich previously directed 2012, and Independence Day, and writer John Orloff previously wrote some episodes … more
I have to disagree with the luke warm reviews of the movie Anonymous. I found it to be very well made. It has an interesting take on the Shakespheare legend. The acting is top notch, a bit over the top at times, but still great fun to watch. Vanessa Redgrave chews the scenery in classic fashion. The special effects recreating Elizabethan London are fantastic. I enjoyed watching Vanessa and her grand daughter play the same role at different ages. I … more
Star Rating: With all due respect to the writing and literature professors I depended on to educate me as I earned both a Bachelors and a Masters in English, I feel I must admit that I haven’t read a word written by William Shakespeare, nor have I seen one of his plays. I’ve heard nothing but good things, though. And looking back on his history, I marvel at the fact the he rose from his very humble roots to become what many consider the greatest … more
Yes...'Anonymous' is a political thriller, but it's one that is set in the past...400 years ago to be precise. The film, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff (took him 15 drafts to get it right) supports the premise that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, (Rhys Ifans)a prominent aristocrat, was the real author of the works attributed to William Shakespeare. Sounds dull? Believe … more
I am a retired Federal employee. I worked for 34 years for the Civil Service. When I retired I was working at The Library of Congress in Washington DC. I was able to retire at a somewhat young age of … more
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