A recent watching of the film ‘Anonymous’ prompted me to dig back in to my film-reviewing roots. So, this Thursday, all you lovelies get a reflection on a film. Not a review, though; I want you to make up your minds for yourselves.
Anonymous is a 2011 project Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff. It is billed as a political thriller and historical drama. The film itself explores the idea that the Shakespeare plays were not written by Shakespeare. Set in 1598, with some strategic flashbacks and flash forwards, it proposes that the plays were written by Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) and distributed by Benjamin Johnson through a half-wit actor posing as the original playwright (you guessed it, names William Shakespeare). It’s the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship made over for Hollywood, with a few twists and turns added in along the way. It details the rise of the plays in public popularity as well as their connection to the clandestine relationship between Edward de Vere and Queen Elizabeth I. It Also deals very briefly with the rise of James VI of Scotland and I of England.
As for the juicy bit; did I like it? It’s a good question. But before I answer it, however; I’d like to ask you a few little questions. You know those theories you highly doubt are true, but still love to extrapolate on anyway? Aren’t they fun? Don’t you love the game of them? This film? This film is that. And it’s certainly a lot of fun.
For two hours we get to follow around Ben Johnson through Elizabethan London on all kinds of gallivanting adventures. The film brings you into the action and you get to be part of the hilarity and intrigue from the very beginning. It’s a great time and a wonderful way to go back in time for an afternoon. It’s a game we all love to play, isn’t it? Solving the mystery and being a part of it all. Even if the mystery has already been solved at the beginning, we still dress up and go all in for the fun regardless. So, to answer your question: yes, I did like it. And I think you will too.