Today, ANONYMOUS was in theaters in North America. Members of our family and I saw the film in a movie theater in Danvers, Massachusetts. I know the history of Shakespeare’s plays well, and I have been aware of the continuing discussion about who the real author was for the plays we call SHAKESPEARE. Well, ANONYMOUS puts forth the idea that the plays were written by the Earl of Oxford who, because of his high political and social position, could not have his name attached to theater during the late Elizabethan Age. I enjoyed the film immensely. The scenes were magnificent. I enjoyed the portrayals of the characters. The movie moves quickly, and unless you have been on the Internet to read the biography of Elizabeth I and the Earl of Oxford, you will occasionally be lost for moments of the story. Never mind; it was certainly worth the mental torment of trying to keep it all together. The images of London and especially the views of the Tower of London and London Bridge were outstanding. I don’t know who wrote “Shakespeare,” but I love spending an evening watching a film like ANONYMOUS. I really enjoyed it. It was like listening to art critics debate over the discovery of a newly discovered “DaVinci” painting—-is it? or isn’t it? What remains for all of us are the immortal words found in plays themselves. They are indeed the jewel of the English language.
I wonder what the critics will say?
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918