I love Shakespeare! Truly, madly and deeply. And that is probably the reason I enjoyed most of Anonymous. There has been a theory (Oxfordian) around for a long time now that questions if William Shakespeare was the author of all the acclaimed works written under that name. This film addresses that interesting aspect, but it also involves some of the political intrigues of the time and that is where the story goes off the rails for me. If they had stayed focused on Shakespeare and the Earl of Oxford (the true author according to the theory), I believe it could have been better.
The narrative starts strong, but then strays quickly into melodrama. Affairs–double-crossing–secret dreams–jealous playwrights-etc,etc. Yeah, it strays into territory that seem unnecessary.
They assembled a strong cast though. Rhys Ifans is almost unrecognizable as the Earl of Oxford and he has the charisma and presence to play this role–I found myself wanting to…
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