Friday, October 28, 2011

Anonymous (PG-13/130 Min.)


"You may have betrayed me but you will never betray my words."

To say I enjoyed Anonymous is a bit of an understatement. Except for a few moments in which the audience responded to something that happened on the screen I completely forgot I was in a theater. I had been transported to early 17th century England. I did miss you while I was there. Leann, her daughter Aspirin and Aspirin's boyfriend (I haven't come up with a secret identity for him yet) went with me and they all said they liked it so you don't have to just take my word for it. Then again, you never have to take my word for it. I'm just putting that out there.

For those of you who have neither seen the trailers nor read any reviews for Anonymous, this is a speculation of who really wrote William Shakespeare's plays, poems, etc. They told the story so well that I couldn't stand good ol' Will by the end. We found out, as far as the film goes, who wrote those famous lines and why he didn't receive credit for them. Fortunately for him he was happy with the applause even though the people thought they were lauding someone else.

The actors were wonderful. I loved that they used a mother and daughter - Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson - to play the part of Queen Elizabeth at different ages. And the actor who played the Earl of Oxford was so different than any character I've ever seen him portray. Had I known at the time that he was the man who played the part of the gross roommate in one of my favorite movies and the compulsive gambler/football player in another I might have had a hard time getting in to his character in Anonymous. I was determined that he was one of the Fiennes boys. I was obviously wrong. He needs to be nominated for a Golden Globe at the very least. If you figure out who he is while you're watching the movie let me know. I will be very impressed.

The scenery and costumes were gorgeous. The men looked dashing and the women looked...uncomfortable. There appeared to be a few close calls due to daring d├ęcolletages but everything stayed where it should have. And all of the manors, castles, etc. were stunning. I would love to return to England in hopes that I could capture pictures of the fog shrouding the countryside and the beautiful edifices early in the morning. Is it possible to be homesick for a place you only lived for a year-and-a-half?

The breakdown for this is fairly simple. There was minimal cursing because apparently their adjectives were less vulgar than what is used today. At least in this movie anyway. Men are shot and one man is beheaded - it showed right up to the swing of the axe - but it is not bloody or gory. A lot of ale is consumed. There is no nudity except for a figure on a tavern sign and the sex scenes were implied. Sadly, I couldn’t remember whether or not the second intimate scene was implied so I had to call Aspirin to be sure. They really were very small parts of the film.

I highly recommend this movie unless you're strictly an action movie type fan and even then I'd suggest giving this a go. And despite the relatively tame descriptions in the breakdown I would still question taking PT to see this and she'll be 14 next month. I don't know if many kids her age or younger would be interested in it. I hope they would be but you never can tell.

I will be buying Anonymous when it comes out on DVD and I hope to see it among the nominees for the Academy Awards. In several categories. It definitely deserves it.

P.S. No need to stay through the credits.

P.P.S. Kudos to you if you can figure out - while watching the movie - what actor played the part of the Earl of Southampton. I knew I knew who he was but I just couldn't quite place him. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I had to look him up when I got home. Almost.

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