Saw this on Friday as 'Anonymous' had received several lousy reviews from hitherto uncredited Shakespeare fans in the press.
I haven't read Lionel Shriver's novel, which inspired the film, but I felt the boy of the title deserved a bloody good shouting at, if not a crack! When he dropped his jam and bread on the table I thought of my sister complaining about crumbs whenever my younger niece eats away from the table.
The mother (Tilda Swinton)seemed distant from him all the time and the father (John C. Reilly)gave in too much to him, I thought. He deliberately tormented his little sister out of sheer jealousy and yes, I did wonder how Jo Frost of 'Supernanny' would have dealt with him! ;D
I do not think she would have allowed the boy to have a bow and arrow as his Christmas present, as this proves in the end to be the seeds of his undoing. He kills several schoolchildren in the games room at his school and then goes on to kill the dad and the little sister.
There was an excellent piece about psychopathic children in films on Mark Kermode's 'Kermode Uncut' video blog which inspired me to check out this movie. Andrew Collins also did a piece in the Radio Times about how long Lynne Ramsey had taken to get the novel adapted in film form. It deserves a fair viewing and I'm not just saying this as it's co-produced by BBC Films and funded by the National Lottery as well as Paramount.