I saw Anonymous this afternoon and whilst it's very much a Hollywood melodrama, it's creditable and touching. It honours London visually and likewise is fair to most of the people it depicts (in fact, everyone except Shakespeare and Marlowe). The script's ok but the dialogue needed to be better and the occasional cod Elizabethanisms should have been cut.
However, Vanessa Redgrave is really startling as Elizabeth playing with a sort of geriatric girlishness a cross between Titaniia and Miss Haversham. It's really a very moving performance, particularly as the story spins its twist near the end. Mark Rylance appears in a pair of beautiful cameos playing Richard III and Henry V. Rhys Evans is as good as he can be in a part that's not really quite well-enough written and Ben Johnson's sold short in every regard. But, it's a great story, pretty well-told on a grand scale with alot of energy, pathos and several very good jokes. I'd feared the auditorium might be full of schoolkids on half-term break but they were mostly older people and quite a contingent of literary types who had a lot of fun with the depiction of Shakespeare as a self-serving, only semi-literate cadge.
Not quite what it might have been but good fun.