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As You Like It (DVD)
Emmy award winner Kenneth Branagh, the man who redefined Shakespeare for a whole new generation with Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, brings the Bard's most delightful comedy to sensational life! Rosalind is a young woman living in the court of her uncle when she falls in love with Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom. When Rosalind is banished, she flees into the forest of Arden disguised as a man...only to encounter Orlando who has also been exiled! But can she win his heart, disguised as she is? With a setting inspired by 19th century Japan and a star-studded cast including Kevin Kline (Dave, A Prairie Home Companion), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3, The Lady In The Water) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, The Da Vinci Code), AS YOU LIKE IT once again proves that all the world's a stage. Come enjoy!]]>
If you think stuffy old Shakespeare could be livened up with some ninjas, Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) has heard your call. Adapter/director Branagh has set the pastoral comedy As You Like It in feudal Japan, where the characters are still British (they live in a community established by Western merchants) but now have reason to dress up in lush Japanese fabrics and engage in sumo wrestling. Due to a feud between two noble brothers, Rosalind (Bryce Dallas Howard, The Village) is banished and ends up disguised as a man in a nearby forest. There she tests the faith of her beloved (and also banished) Orlando (David Oyelowo, MI-5), who can't recognize her because she looks like a Dickensian ragamuffin. Meanwhile, a variety of other star-crossed lovers romp around the forest and zen gardens, sparring about love and melancholy. Branagh, never a subtle director, takes every opportunity to squeeze in slapstick and action (like the aforementioned ninjas), but he also keeps the language clear and the movie is beautiful to look at. The strong cast includes Kevin Kline (who previously frolicked in a movie adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Frida), Romola Garai (I Capture the Castle, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights), and Adrian Lester (Hustle, Love's Labors Lost). --Bret Fetzer
As a lover of Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh and Bryce Dallas Howard, I had to have this DVD. I enjoyed it immensely. I can say nothing against it. It delivers on all levels. Read morePublished 2 days ago by R. G. Banker
Rounding out the collection. This is certainly one for it. Thank you.Published 3 months ago by Sean M.
Probably my second favorite of Branagh's films (both Shakespeare and not) after "Henry V".
It's a sweet and joyful affair, with a load of fun performances, and a... Read more
Disappointed. Found this rendition of this? story boring and characterizations flat. Couldn't get through it. Ended up donating copy to library.'.Published 4 months ago by Diane K. Dahl
I haven't been able to get in to it, plus the movie won't start by itself. I t had a black screen and I had to keep trying various ways to make it start. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kayti
Characters speak in Iambic pentameter and are sometimes hard to follow. If you understand Shakespeare then the play is hilarious. Acting is top notch.Published 5 months ago by rdubbs83