As You Like It 2006

As You Like It

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Disguised as a boy named Ganymede, Rosalind (Bryce Dallas Howard) meets Orlando (David Oyelowo) in the Forest of Arden.

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Critic Reviews for As You Like It

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  • It's not an unsuccessful adaptation. But it rarely catches fire as one of Shakespeare's most popular plays should.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • Kenneth Branagh gamely continues to put Shakespeare on film, and audiences continue to ignore them.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Kenneth Branagh is in danger of becoming the next Kenneth Branagh, in a career of serial self-replication as our last unstoppable screen Shakespearean.

    September 21, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • With the director setting such a leisurely pace, the seventh step into total inertia takes hold well before the curtain drops.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for As You Like It

  • Mar 13, 2012
    For an overview of the play and some decent performances this is fine but isn't up to the standards of Branagh's 'Hamlet' or 'Much Ado' (I haven't seen 'Henry V' or 'Love's Labours'). His concept of setting it in a Japanese culture doesn't really work , especially since there are so few actual japanese actors. Also the dramatic beginning, although interesting as a scene setter, is far too drataic and doesn't work in what should essentially be a comedy. The actors all do very well with their parts and make sense of the script (there is little actual verse in the play so it isn't a difficult one to follow) but you can't help wishing that such a good cast were given a more substantial Shakespeare play to perform. Interestingly the epilogue is cleverly done and is better than most of the rest of the film. If only Branagh had pursued this style rather than the other.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2010
    bryce dallas howard is decent enough and pulls of shakespear well enough, but even though directed by shakespeare regular branah, comes of dull, wether this is down to original play of him i cant say, ive never rea'd a line of shakespeare
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2009
    Quite a strange film, based on Shakespeare but set in Japan. The performances were good, the photography and scenario beautiful, yet the story didn't really convinced me in the end.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2009
    The awful confusion of Shakespeare's novel itself is a confusion, imagine a movie about it...
    Yinalí R Super Reviewer

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