Anonymous Movie Review (Was Shakespeare A Fraud???)

Strange post title you must be wondering. Well you are not alone there. That was what i thought at first when i saw the trailer for this movie and the few scenes i set my eyes on.

Anonymous is set against the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her and the theory that Shakespeare never wrote one of the stories we have all become familiar with… you know Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and the many other stories rather it was the Earl of Oxford, Edward De Vere was the one who wrote them. Anonymous is a story of betrayal, power play and the power of the written / spoken word. As HUGO WEAVING in V for Vendetta  said “Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.

Anonymous stars RHYS IFANS as the Earl of Oxford, VANESSA REDGRAVE as Queen Elizabeth I, SEBASTIAN ARMESTO as Ben Johnson, RAFE SPALL as William Shakespeare, DAVID THEWLIS as William Cecil (acted as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter), JOELY RICHARDSON as the young Queen Elizabeth I and other casts while John Orloff is credited with writing the script and Roland Emmerich (director of 2012, Independence Day) is the director.

Rating: 6.5/10

Cinema Worthiness: Would have been a nice movie to go see in the cinemas back when it was released.


Young Earl of Oxford: How could you possibly love the moon when you have first seen the sun? 😉

Prologue:  Though our story is at an end, our poet’s is not; for his monument is everliving. Not of stone but of verse. And it shall be remembered. As long as words are made of breath. And breath of life.

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