Anonymous: A Film Recommendation
Alas, there is a mystery--who was this poet and playwright, really? In Anonymous, the masses enjoy a look into the world of English majors and historians, two groups that revel in questioning and overthrowing our beloved legends, showing us how very uncertain our legacy is on any level.
Make no mistake, this not another Shakespeare in Love movie, or a half done survey of Shakespeare's oeuvre--it's a thoroughly played out theory on the real author of these immortal works. The tale weaves together the lives of Queen Elizabeth I, the man William Shakespeare, fellow playwright Ben Jonson, and a cast of royal and political figures important to the story--including the figure of the proposed "true" author. I must say , I was grateful that I had recently watched the film about Elizabeth I that starred Helen Mirren, as it can be difficult to keep all of those dukes, earls, and ladies straight.
I think audiences of all backgrounds will like this film--even people who don't usually go to see Shakespeare plays. It has action, plot, character development, a great cast, and bits and pieces of the best scripts this side of heaven. Whether it disconcerts any die-hard Shakespeare fans, I cannot say, but I am sure the love of the Bard will weather the rather nasty alternative portrayal of the man William Shakespeare.
Get thee to a theatre and see this film!
Br. Paul, OP