The biggest surprise of the festival season so far has got to be that Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous," his Shakespeare-was-a-hoax historical thriller, is getting good remarks out of Toronto.
InContention's Kris Tapley was the first to chime in with his endearing thoughts, but the twitter-verse soon followed suit, one surprised viewer after another.
While "Anonymous" certainly doesn't perfectly fit into the Emmerich template (for one, the Earth isn't in peril), it does represent another case of the director's penchant for skeptical theorizing ("2012" , "The Day After Tomorrow") and historical reenactment ("The Patriot", "10,000 B.C.").
Nevertheless, a Shakespearean thriller, if done right, does sound like an intriguing prospect. "Anonymous" opens October 28th.