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Let us begin this piece with honesty: the critics have never been kind to those daring enough to dual with the master. Since he put paper to pen; Since Ben Jonson crowned him king; Shakespeare and his work have been untouchable. Unless you have a dramatic stage or an eager classroom, the keepers of the craft shout, “Heresy!” Many a great film has suffered from the unjust jabs of the pretentious. Even Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet was attacked by these hack aristocrats.

Said piece stands sacred in my video library. Its stylized brilliance is unquestionable. The same must be said of Anonymous; I’ll be damned if these corduroy socialites suggest otherwise.

It all started in the late 90’s. There was a young man adrift in the world of advertising who stumbled upon some frustrating facts surrounding Shakespeare. He learned that the author’s origins remained covered in questions… so he went looking for answers. What he found spelled out a script, a script that soon found its way to director Roland Emmerich.

Emmerich traversed those pages: The Tale of Edward de Vere and his Hidden Talent. And eight years later dressed this Oxfordian theory up in 16th century lace. Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewless, and Edward Hogg have more popular faces than they do names. Yet, they were flawless in their portrayal of Elizabeth and her court.

A most interesting era. One wherein an unwed woman led the puritanical world. Catholic wolves growled at the gates and she stood without an heir. Her sister Mary was all that remained of her father’s first marriage, (Elizabeth’s mother was not as beloved) . Thus James, son of Mary, existed as a questionable option. But would the faith her father created survive a Scottish King? Elizabeth in this light stood like Caesar, and Shakespeare agreed.

 

So did Emmerich, and with his writer (Orloff) they used this reality to suggest Edward of Oxford penned all of Shakespeare’s plays. Like Henry V the movie travels to this past using Shakespearean method. Many more are used in fact. The most notable of such being, “the play within the play,” (Midsummer’s Night Dream); and the “Oedipus complex,” (King Lear). Though the film may be a flight of fancy, it is without question the work of the master’s modern pupils. It honors Shakespeare’s entire library, and grants him a history worthy of his work.

That is why I am nominating it as one of the best movies of the year, as well as the best written. There have been a lot of movies in twenty-eleven competing for the gold, and this enters the race hungry for the babe. See this movie! Honor the memory of the man who made this language most poetic. Yet another salute to Shakespeare…

Signed

My Life at the Movies.

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  • Anonymous

    This was an outstanding movie that I had the privelage of seeing a while back when I worked with Sony.  Glad you really enjoyed it, it was one of the rare times I sat back and was mesmerized by a film and sotry and totally forgot about everything else in my life.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, it is an outstanding film too many are getting political about. I hope my review helps some fence sitters. 

  • Chris Elliott

    This looks amazing! I was instantly taken by the trailer and upon reading your stunning review, I think I may see it. I LOVE how you stuck it to these fucking critics too, dude. Seriously. Everything you said made complete sense. Keep doing your thing. Long live William Shakespeare.

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