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As You Like It (2007)

Cast: Brian Blessed, Romola Garai, Bryce Dallas Howard, more...
Director: Kenneth Branagh, Kenneth Branagh
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Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Farce, Shakespeare
Running Time: 135 min.

Director Kenneth Branagh tackles the works of William Shakespeare for the fifth time in his career as a filmmaker with this adaptation of one of The Bard's most accessible works. Rosalind is the daughter of a banished duke, and lives among a community of Westerners living in 19th century Japan. When her father, the duke, is suddenly banished, the frightened girl is forced to flee for the Forest of Arden lest she risk being executed by her malevolent uncle. Joining Rosalind on her flight to the forest is her sympathetic cousin Celia, who helps to pass her incognito kin off as a man in order to avoid detection. Later, Rosalind's clever ruse begins to serve a dual purpose when she determines to use the disguise to gauge the devotion of Orlando, yet another exile, while making her way to the Forest of Arden. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Excellently done, but flawed by MBreslau February 25, 2011 - 4:35 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The title leads one to expect light Shakespearian entertainment - you know, with mistaken identities, declaiming lovers, cross-dressing, wise fools, convoluted plots that all work out for the best in the end, etc.

An Elizabethan Mikado this isn't!

The movie opens with a shot establishing that the setting is medieval Japan, but it is quickly followed by a scene of brutal violence in which a Duke is deposed by his brother, then another man declaims how he hates and despises his own brother. I was so traumatized that I spent the next two hours wondering when the brutality would resume! This is not the way to take in a romantic comedy...

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Shakespeare on DVD at GreenCine, annotated
It's hard to search for Shakespeare plays, so this list as of 12/07 may help. Alphabetized by main word in title; renamed adaptations such as Throne of Blood are mentioned but not listed. To see GC's own list, click any 'Shakespeare'-as-genre link.

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