Catholic News Service
To be or not to be Shakespeare? That is the question at the heart of “Anonymous” (Columbia), which takes up the old and debunked chestnut of a conspiracy theory that William Shakespeare was a fraud, never having written a play or sonnet in his entire life.
Director Roland Emmerich, having rampaged through New York City in 1998′s “Godzilla” and nearly destroyed the entire planet in “Independence Day” (1996) and “2012″ (2009), sets out to humiliate the Bard of Avon. His style is part Oliver Stone, part Dan Brown in “Da Vinci Code” mode — playing very loose with the facts and changing history to suit the agenda of John Orloff’s script.