Sound Off: Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
October 28, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Hitting theaters this weekend is Anonymous, a look at the mystery of who William Shakespeare really was, directed by German Hollywood apocalypse mastermind Roland Emmerich. Welsh actor Rhys Ifans stars as Edward de Vere, the suspected true Shakespeare, along with Rafe Spall as the one actually named Will Shakespeare. So how is it? Can Emmerich actually pull off a period drama, with some flair, and make it interesting? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Emmerich's Anonymous.
Oh Roland Emmerich, how you can entertain me. Yes, I thought Anonymous was a great movie, a fairly complex Shakespeare romantic story within a Shakespeare story, full of great performances and intriguing theories, all with the glossy production values of Mr. Roland Independence-Day Emmerich. It's a very good movie, especially if you're fascinated by the story of Shakespeare and who he really was, if not, perhaps, himself. Rhys Ifans is fantastic as the Earl of Oxford, and I was also impressed by a lot of the younger actors, including Jamie Campbell Bower as the young Earl of Oxford, and of course Joely Richardson as the young Queen Elizabeth I (plus Vanessa Redgrave as the old). It's a captivating dramatic thriller that I found tough to constantly keep up with, which is a twist for an Emmerich film, but truly he deserves a compliment for directing something so "out of his wheel house" as this, that's entertaining and enthralling.
What did you think of Anonymous? A compelling Shakespeare drama, or a terrible tragedy? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!