For a club event, the English Club hosted a movie night with the new movie Anonymous and discussed it afterwards. I must say that the movie is very intriguing and I recommend it to literature and history buffs alike.
Anonymous is about the authorship debate on who really wrote the works attributed to Shakespeare. The movie explores the theory that the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, was the real writer of the Shakespeare plays and poetry. Anonymous examines why Edward de Vere let William Shakespeare take the credit for his work. Interestingly, William Shakespeare is portrayed as a fool and an unsuccessful playwright until he gets his hands on de Vere’s work, at which point he becomes famous. In the meantime, de Vere, the true genius, stays in the shadows as Shakespeare gets all of the attention and credit.
The plot of Anonymous has many twists and one cannot foresee where it is going. One such twist is de Vere’s peculiar relationship with Queen Elizabeth I.
I enjoyed watching the movie and entertaining the idea that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare’s works. However, the movie was a bit over-the-top when it came to dramatic scenes and was not convincing in its argument.
On a side note: Rhys Ifans, who plays Edward de Vere in the movie, does a spectacular job. For anyone who has seen Notting Hill, it comes as a shock that the same person who plays a nobleman in Anonymous also played the goofy flat-mate (Spike) in Notting Hill.