Anonymous Movie Review

Murder. Sex. Deception. Rebellion. And Shakespeare.

How can you not want to see the movie Anonymous? I mean, really, who doesn’t love a good Shakespearian conspiracy theory?


I watched this movie for the first time yesterday afternoon and fell in love with it. Sure, it’s a work of fiction. But it’s a damn good work of fiction if you ask me.


Premise: Okay, so in real life very little is known about William Shakespeare. We can guess when he was born, we know when he died, we know what his father did for a living (a glove maker) and we know the name of his wife and children. But that’s about it. So, this movie takes it into a whole new direction.

This movie claims that the “real” writer of all the plays and sonnets was actually a nobel man raised in a home where writing was thought to be a sin. He is compelled to write, but also compelled to influence the masses with his words. Political manipulation has never been a real intrest of mine, but I was not only hooked but could follow along with this one. The Earl of Oxford, our “real” Shakespeare, does not want James to be the Queen’s successor and attempts to not only discredit his foster family (that plays advisor to the Queen) but to reach out to the Queen, the one true love of his life.

   

I really do think that this is a movie worth watching. I will warn you: there is a bit of incest in the movie and at first I was like, “that’s totally unbelievable” but the more I thought about it the more I realized it wasn’t that unrealistic.

Also, what I found to be the most fun was trying to see the bits of the Earl of Oxford’s life that carried into the plays. For instance, there’s a character that’s a hunchback and the whole time I’m thinking, “Dude, that’s like Richard III” and then BAM! We get to Richard III and hello, the appearance of Richard is totally based off the other guy. It was kinda like playing a scavenger hunt with Shakespeare.

Oh, and I totally left something out. Who is William Shakespeare? Well, maybe you should just watch the movie and find out.

Reflections: Harry Potter The End of the Series

At this point I have finished the Harry Potter series, having read nothing else (apart from research) for the most of January and February. I know when I first started I discussed how reading it now was different from reading it when they first came out. I think I have mentioned this before, but I will again. I grew up with Harry. With each new book I was his same age. Harry was a peer and a friend. I found the books amazing and magical (and I sill do, but more on that in a minute). Now, I am different and reading them has been a different experience. So, for this post I thought it might be cool to look at how reading the series has been different this time around, and how it’s been the same

Different

  1. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I think that my professor is right; the use of magic in this series is almost too easy. No, don’t carry your suitcase when you can just have it levitated up the stairs. Sure, who doesn’t want that choice? But I really like the concept of balance in the magical world. Like in the Wizard of Earthsea books… calling upon the storm to stop tossing your boat around the ocean might just cause a horrific storm elsewhere – somehow that balanced approach to magic makes it a bit more believable. 
  2. I like a lot more of the “minor” characters now. I say minor in quotation marks because in many ways these characters are not minor ones in the least, but they just aren’t major ones. For example: Hagrid (he’ll be getting his own post at some point), Ginny, and even Cho. With the exception of Cho, these characters are just amazing. (Cho I hated when I first read the books, now she doesn’t bother me at all). Ginny and Hagrid give Harry strength and are just such real and well developed characters – I totally overlooked that the first time through. Sure, I liked them, but now I think I love and respect them.
  3. I can’t read an entire book in a day. This probably has more to do with me having a job and reading these books for a paper, but once-upon-a-time I could fly through these books with no sleep and just love it.

The Same

  1. I still cry at the end of books 5 and 6 and pretty much the entire way through 7. I actually had to stop reading the 7th book at my local Starbucks when I was getting close to the Hedwig bit because I knew I would just start crying – and that would be kinda weird in public. 
  2. I still want to go to Hogwarts and study there. I would even consider teaching there. It would be awesome!
  3. I still want to be best friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione OR Sirius, Lupin, and James
  4. I still hate Umbridge with a fierce passion and find Lockheart super annoying. I think it’s totally because of those two characters that the 2nd and 5th books are my least favorite of the series.
  5. And finishing the series is still like saying goodbye to an old friend. It’s almost like they’ve died – sure you can reread the books and relive the memories (like watching old movies and looking at photographs) but these characters will never do anything new again… and that’s a bit depression.

I don’t know. It’s hard to remember just what it was like reading the books for the first time. All I know is that when I was done with one I was hungry for the next which I would devour as soon as I got my hands on it. It’s not like that now. I think this time through I was looking more for specific things – things that would support my argument of my paper. I was looking more at Voldemort and how he and Harry would fit into this box I’m trying to build.

    I know I won’t do it for a while, but I would love to read these books again and just enjoy them. Read them for fun. I have learned in this process that reading a book you love for school can be almost as bad as reading a book you hate for school. I want to read them and pay attention to how Rowling captivates readers of all ages. I want to see how she makes her characters feel so real and have them grow. Those are the kind of riddles of Harry Potter I want to unravel. 
    I was going to end my post there, but it just didn’t seem right. It seemed as if there was something missing. Something more I wanted to include…. I found this video after I’d written the original version of this post a few weeks ago. Back then I hadn’t finished the series yet and wanted to get some ideas out before I lost them. So, right before posting this I found this clip. Sorry for the quality, but I think it’s a fantastic note to end on.

    Video Tuesday

    Tuesdays are my off days from work. So that equals more time to work on my Harry Potter quest. I apologize to all of you readers whose lives aren’t being inundated with Harry and Voldemort – but mine is and therefore it is leaking over into my blog. I promise that all my posts won’t be about Harry Potter.

    But….tonight’s is! So in honor of finishing my research and finishing reading the 6th book, I am posting my favorite HP YouTube videos!

    (drumroll)

    This one is a parody of a Super Bowl commercial from a few years ago. Harry Potter: A Google story…

    And this one, just a little music video to get your jam on…

    And how can a Potter Puppet Pal video not get into my top favorite?

    And lastly, this one that made me giggle the entire way through….

    TADA!

    There they are. My top favorite.

    But I will say this. I do not spend epic amounts of time searching YouTube for amazing Harry Potter videos… So, any of you have a favorite HP video? If so, I think you should share –> just link it up in a comment.

    Too Good Not To Share

    Okay, so I know I posted only yesterday…
    And while I have nothing super insightful to say tonight (except even though I graduated college Magna Cum Laude and am getting a Masters I still manage to grab pans that just came out of the oven with my bare hand at work… don’t be like me. Learn from your mistakes!) HOWEVER! I do have this video to share…

    If you are an English person, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. If not, well I hope you appreciated it 🙂