Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous

Roland Emmerich, best known for his disaster movies such as Independence Day and Godzilla, makes an about turn with this historical drama based the controversial debate: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? A hot topic amongst experts and scholars for decades, Anonymous proposes one possibility - that it was Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans). The drama is set against the politics of the day and the succession of Queen Elizabeth I.

Ifans told MTV: "It's a story that asks the question and goes a long way to answering it: the theory, conspiracy theory if you like, that William Shakespeare was not necessarily the author of all, if any, of his works. So it will put a glorious [wrench] in... the English-speaking world of academia, which I have always endeavored to do, since I was a schoolchild."

Techheads may be interested to know that this is the first major full-length motion picture to be shot with the Arri ALEXA high-definition digital-video camera.

2011130 minsUK, Germany
DramaHistorical
Director:
Roland Emmerich ('2012', '10,000 BC', 'The Day After Tomorrow', 'The Patriot', 'Godzilla', 'Independence Day')
Writer:
John Orloff
Cast:
Rhys IfansJamie Campbell BowerDavid ThewlisJoely RichardsonDerek JacobiVanessa RedgraveXavier SamuelRafe Spall
53%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Shakey history - but a fun thriller

You thought BRAVEHEART played fast and loose with history? You ain't seen nothing yet! This is very well made but the research most likely consisted of five minutes on a sub-Wikipedia site... if there was any! Anyway, as a silly fantasy thriller - seen on its own terms - it's great fun. But for anyone who knows anything about um... dates and history and...

2.0
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Anne-on-a-what

Anonymous If nothing else this film taught me the correct spelling. No really, its a great film, but you need to understand its a history leason on Shakespere (possible history lesson) set in the back drop of the polictical times of this era. It is a masterful piece of costumes, sets (loved the transistion, you'll understand when you see it at the beginning...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A handsomely staged and decidedly straight-ahead costume drama.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Slickly told, mildly diverting but ultimately fraudulent.

2.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Anonymous is a shoddy, witless companion piece, a crude costume drama.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

All of that makes Anonymous a splendid experience: the dialogue, the acting, the depiction of London, the lust, jealousy and intrigue.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The movie is glorious fun even as it grows increasingly implausible.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There's fun to be had here if you look hard enough.

2.0
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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It’s as dull as it is brainless...

0
Variety

Variety

press

A handsomely staged and decidedly straight-ahead costume drama.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Slickly told, mildly diverting but ultimately fraudulent.

2.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Anonymous is a shoddy, witless companion piece, a crude costume drama.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

All of that makes Anonymous a splendid experience: the dialogue, the acting, the depiction of London, the lust, jealousy and intrigue.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The movie is glorious fun even as it grows increasingly implausible.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

There's fun to be had here if you look hard enough.

2.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It’s as dull as it is brainless...

0

Shakey history - but a fun thriller

You thought BRAVEHEART played fast and loose with history? You ain't seen nothing yet! This is very well made but the research most likely consisted of five minutes on a sub-Wikipedia site... if there was any! Anyway, as a silly fantasy thriller - seen on its own terms - it's great fun. But for anyone who knows anything about um... dates and history and...

2.0
0

Anne-on-a-what

Anonymous If nothing else this film taught me the correct spelling. No really, its a great film, but you need to understand its a history leason on Shakespere (possible history lesson) set in the back drop of the polictical times of this era. It is a masterful piece of costumes, sets (loved the transistion, you'll understand when you see it at the...

4.0
0