As You Like It (2006)
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With a setting inspired by 19th Century Japan, director Kenneth Branagh adapts Shakespeare's lightest and most delightful comedy 'As You Like It,' a celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty, playful and utterly magical, the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando's famous courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment and exile in Forest of Arden.
Sep 1, 2006 Wide
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Branagh's fifth foray into celluloid Shakespeare brings us this rather stodgy version of the Bard's wise comedy of old Japan.
Energetic and entertaining, but it's like a long episode of an over-talky, out-of-control soap opera.
It's not an unsuccessful adaptation. But it rarely catches fire as one of Shakespeare's most popular plays should.
Kenneth Branagh directs this pedestrian spin on the Shakespearean comedy that proves stubbornly resistant to his boisterous brand of all-star panto.
Kenneth Branagh gamely continues to put Shakespeare on film, and audiences continue to ignore them.
Kenneth Branagh is in danger of becoming the next Kenneth Branagh, in a career of serial self-replication as our last unstoppable screen Shakespearean.
Branagh's direction is fluent, surefooted, a little broad sometimes; his ingenious Japanese staging recreates the wrestling match as a wacky sumo contest. It's elegant and Howard is very good.
Faced with As You Like It, one of the Bard's more tiresome plays, Branagh's direction loses conviction and his storytelling lacks the engaging enthusiasm of his previous Shakespeares.
Smart casting and stand-out performances don't compensate for the twee source play and an over-ambitious screenplay from Branagh.
Unremarkable take on the Bard's cross-dressing comedy, ostentatiously relocated to 19th-century Japan though wholly shot in the Home Counties.
With the director setting such a leisurely pace, the seventh step into total inertia takes hold well before the curtain drops.
While diverting in parts, this struggles to make a convoluted plot engaging. We're still loving Romola Garai and Bryce Dallas Howard, though.
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