As You Like It


As You Like It

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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.


Critic Reviews for As You Like It

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (9)

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

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Sep 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.

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

    Wendy Ide

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

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Branagh's fifth foray into celluloid Shakespeare brings us this rather stodgy version of the Bard's wise comedy of old Japan.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Fun retelling, but longer than teens will like it.

    Dec 18, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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