An ode to ‘Anonymous’

Anonymous (2011)

Directed by Roland Emmerich

5.5/10  PG-13

“All the world’s a stage,

and all the men and women merely players…”

Wherefore art thou, Shakespeare?

A lack of cinematic depiction

(“Shakespeare in Love,” many a fortnight ago

just one of 79 depictions

starting with Georges Melies in 1907…

Lincoln has had 297…thus far)

“Anonymous” takes his story

and discredits it

Was Shakespeare a hoax?

A story as ill-conceived

as its many bastard children

And somewhat implausible

Director Emmerich likes to predict the end of the world

(“Independence Day,” “Godzilla,” “2012”…you get it)

For Shakespeareans, “Anonymous” does just that

Oscar-winning costumes

and a lofty, poetic script set the stage

But someone wished the actors luck…

instead they broke their leg.

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2 thoughts on “An ode to ‘Anonymous’

  1. I’m a Shakespeare fan (a former alias during my BBS days was Hamlet) so I looked forward to this movie. Sadly I didn’t even recognize the movie title in the subscription title and only just looked at it. What do you read Hamlet is asked. Words, just words he says. Forgetable words in Anonymous and forgetable film … sadly it is.

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