As You Like It G CC

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(11) IMDb 5.8/10
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A classic modern interpretation of the famous Shakespearean romance, from the producers of the Academy Award Nominated "Little Dorrit", and "The Fool".

Starring:
James Fox, Cyril Cusack
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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As You Like It

Product Details

Genres Romance
Director Christine Edzard
Starring James Fox, Cyril Cusack
Supporting actors Andrew Tiernan, Cate Fowler, Robin Meredith, John Tams, Bernard Padden, Tony Armatrading, Celia Bannerman, Emma Croft, Griff Rhys Jones, Roger Hammond, Don Henderson, Miriam Margolyes, Ewen Bremner, Valerie Gogan, Murray Melvin, Jonathan Cecil, Michael Mears
Studio Canal Plus
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I havenít a clue.
thebillshakespeareproject
The acting on this is so-so, particularly the leads.
Kevin J. Bouffard
I was looking for something a bit more traditional.
John Moore

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thebillshakespeareproject on September 15, 2014
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In 1992, Christine Edzard filmed a modern dress version set in and around London. The homeless of the modern industrial wasteland were the denizens of the Forest of Arden. While that sounds like it might be interesting, and it might well be, but I wouldn’t know from this.

Stultifying.

It begins with Jaques’ “All the world’s a stage” speech in an opulent room. Why? I haven’t a clue. When Orlando and Oliver have their confrontation, there is no “laying on of hands” though they mention it. I didn’t realize that the two characters were played (and played excellently) by the same actor, Andrew Tiernan… so I guess they couldn’t have him interact with himself a la Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black. But still it felt off, wrong. As did the non-display of the wrestling match; all we saw were the reactions of the spectators.

Line readings were either bored or melodramatic, as if the attempt was being made to make the audience melancholy. Not helping was the overemphasized music.

This is not to say it’s all bad. Having Orlando’s poetry be urban graffiti was pretty cool, and Emma Croft’s Rosalind was ok (her Ganymede was much better, though). but it was mostly bad, without joy or comedy. Or resolution: the last on-screen, pre-credit line was Rosalind’s revelation to Orlando, delivered with a playful punch to the arm. The Jaques exposition about Frederick comes as a confused voice-over during the credits. And no epilogue.

And can anyone tell me why the “lion” who attacks the de Boys boys is a black man? A black man? Really?

Not good. Not enjoyable. This is one to avoid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pfundstein on August 19, 2014
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Some very awkward staging choices here, and a criminally poor job in editing, but the movie was worth watching for the scenes between Orlando (Andrew Tiernan) and Rosalind (Emma Croft). The urban wasteland that serves as a substitute for the Forest of Arden worked surprisingly well, and James Fox does a good turn as Jaques. The script rearranges some of the scenes from Shakespeare's play, but effectively, I think, making a braided narrative between the court and the forest. Maybe not quite a four star movie, but better than three, with some risks that really pay off... and some that really don't.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauraine Leblanc on August 16, 2013
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So, this is quite dated, as far as the clothing and styling of the production. Turning the forest of Arden into an industrial wasteland was an attempt to be contemporary, but just took all the charm out of the visuals and the sense out of Shakespeare's comparisons of court life versus pastoral life. Everything seemed very dull and gray. This is supposed to be a comedy, and music indicates that the producers knew that, so why is it not funny? Did Jaques produce this melancholy mess? A disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CR on August 2, 2014
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Some of the constructs in the modern setting (Arden as deserted public housing) make sense, but watch the Opus Arte version (in "Shakespeare's Globe Theatre") from 2009 and see which one you like better. The acting in this is fine, but in our opinion, Shakespeare doesn't translate very well to modern settings. 21st century customs (and morals) are so radically different, that modern settings for the plays that revolve on these issues just don't work; if they have to be transplanted in time and place, we think they'd do better if set in an era where the issues they address still existed - for example, Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night.
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Setting the play in the city rather than the forest, this low-budget film has a very 90s look, and though some of the camera work is a bit awkward (presumably because most of the actors are doubled between the court and the "Forest," and they didn't have the money to put them on film with themselves so long ago), I found it very very charming. Touchstone is a laugh and a half, and Rosalind is simply adorable. Much of the other acting is really good as well. This is probably my favorite Shakespeare comedy, and if you can get past the low-fi look, the humor pops in nearly every scene.
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I was looking for something a bit more traditional. This might be okay if I was familiar, perhaps even bored, with more conventional treatments, but for someone looking for something that actually follows the play, this is not the place to start.
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