I love movies that have anything to do with Shakespeare, whether it’s an adaptation of his plays (straightforward and modernized) or a story about the man himself (like that delightful rubbish Shakespeare in Love). But Anonymous is a completely different sort of rubbish. I’m not saying the movie is bad. Aside from some rather confusing timeline jumps and the super cheesy bookend scenes featuring Derek Jacobi, it’s actually quite a good movie. My problem is with the premise:  William Shakespeare didn’t really write the plays and sonnets, but is a proxy for a nobleman, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (played by Rhys Ifans and Jamie Campbell Bower). I don’t want to turn this post into an authorship debate, because I don’t know enough about it to be any sort of authority, but I do know enough about history to recognize the convenient reordering of facts to fit a half-cocked theory when I see it.

Anyway, the movie is well-acted (especially by Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth and her doppelgänger daughter, Joely Richardson as a younger version of the “Virgin” Queen) and the costumes are exquisite. As I mentioned before, it’s kind of hard to keep track of the story because there’s a lot of jumping forward and backward (and possibly sideways…who knows?). I could have thoroughly enjoyed Anonymous if it hadn’t turned my beloved Shakespeare into a murderous, blackmailing thug. This movie takes itself too seriously and has more incest than I care to think about…other than that, it’s two hours well spent.

The Queen’s Might is from L’Oreal’s Fall 2012 Project Runway Collection. It is a light red base with pink shimmer and this picture is two coats. It was strange, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the polish on my nails to match the color of the polish in the bottle. Still, a lovely formula (so far, all of the polishes from this collection have been wonderful) and very pretty in a traditional-with-a-twist way. ~K

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