The side of Shakespeare you didn’t know

Set in Elizabethan era England, Anonymous will take you back to the time when William Shakespeare wrote his many well-known plays–or so everyone thinks.
Directed by Roland Emmerich–director of other movies such as Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 1000 B.C., and 2012–Anonymous is a political and historical drama that presents Shakespeare as a fraud that never wrote any of his plays.
According to the film, the real writer of Shakespeare’s plays was the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans). De Vere was restricted from revealing his true identity as the writer of his works by the Queen Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave) herself.
Although this movie makes for a good mind blowing conspiracy, there are many historical inaccuracies, such as the date of the publication of Romeo and Juliet, the location of  Queen Elizabeth’s funeral (on the Thames river rather than on land), and the various characters who are either supposed to be dead or who die too early. However, today there are few people in reality who actually believe William Shakespeare was not the author of his plays.
In high school, students read various Shakespearean works, such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. Although not all facts are accurate, this is a great movie to watch that relates to the life of the author of the plays students read in class.
This movie was very captivating due to its wonderful visual effects and great cast of actors, as well as its intriguing and intense plot. Director Roland Emmerich was able to do a magnificent job in creating a movie that is interesting to watch, which makes Anonymous a must-see film for those who enjoy Shakespeare’s work.

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