Anonymous

Sunday, December 04 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Anonymous

JOY REVIEW

Anonymous is really a terrific movie, but you really need to know something about English history, i.e. the Tudors and the wars, succession, and the first Elizabeth, for it to make a whole lot of sense; at least for the first half. The second half, even if you don’t understand any English history, you’ll get it. It’s all about plots and the question of whether William Shakespeare was a fraud, and this movie, without giving too much away, says absolutely.  It goes on to say that there was another guy who wrote all his works but he didn’t want to take credit for it. I don’t want to say too much about the movie because it’s kind of fun to watch. There is an absolutely scandalous allegation about Elizabeth, even though she probably didn’t know it, about incest. I would really love to know the source material for this because it’s a really incendiary movie, but it’s great fun to watch, especially if you like English history, which I happen to. Rhys Ifans is sort of the hero and the great Mark Rylance plays most of the Shakespearean characters.  David Thewlis, who’s wonderful, plays kind of a nefarious prime minister, and Vanessa Redgrave plays Queen Elizabeth and it’s worth going just to see her. Her daughter, Joely Richardson, plays the young Elizabeth. This is a terrific movie. It’s a little hard to understand, not only because it’s dark in terms of lighting and also in terms of motivation, but also it does help to know some English history. Regardless, it’s really a terrific movie, four stars.

JOY METER