Summary: Inspired by the preposterous Oxfordian theory, which questions the authorship of Shakespeare's works, disaster filmmaker Roland Emmerich makes an attempt at shattering the literary world by imagining the theory as a historical possibility.
Conclusion: Anonymous never quite sorts itself out well enough to be of much value on a first viewing; it's complex to a fault and will leave many viewers uncertain of what they've watched or why they've watched it. On the other hand, the film is gorgeous, well made and nicely acted.
Excerpt: Everything viewers need to know about Anonymous —and about the whole stupid world of anti-Stratfordians, the conspiracy theorists who believe William Shakespeare was not the author of the plays and poems that bear his name—can be gleaned by the pronunciation of a single word in the film’s first...
Summary: After his "Addiction Trilogy" which all centered on woman protags, underground helmer-writer-producer Todd Verow shifts gaze to male crotches with digi-filmed "Anonymous." Although occasionally witty, both pic and narcissistic hero grow tiresome over brief running time.
Conclusion: A curveball from the man who made 2012 and Independence Day and probably only a brief respite for the world's major cities.It's more of an interesting curio to a blockbuster career but there's fun to be had here if you look hard enough.
Summary: The King of Disaster directing a costume drama? It seems about as likely as David Lynch tackling a Katherine Heigl romantic-comedy and yet here we are with Emmerich trying to persuade us not only that Shakespeare was a cypher but also that the director can do more than just blow stuff up.
Excerpt: The identity of one of our greatest writers is scrutinised in "Anonymous", a tawdry tale of fiction staged as lusty historical drama. The audience is kept busy trying to work out who's who as the time-frame jumps into the past and back again, causing confusion when we try to match the older and...