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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 21, 2007
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Kenneth Branagh's fifth screen adaptation of Shakespeare.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. As You Like It is effortlessly entertaining from start to finish.
  2. 88
    Happily, this is a carefully adapted, clearly enunciated As You Like It that retains the beauty of the dialogue while making the meanings clear.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    It's a handsomely mounted production that will surely be welcomed by English majors the world over, especially those who would rather watch their homework than read it.
  4. The production is set among English traders in 19th-century Japan, the timeline of the action is altered, and some beloved examples of word play are no longer in the script. These are small matters, though, compared to the fresh gorgeousness on display and the elements of the story that come into focus here in new and moving ways.
  5. Once you get used to the surroundings, it's still the same "As You Like It"--utterly charming and completely winning.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Most of the performances are very good and some are thrilling, particularly Kline's Jacques, whom he imbues with great world-weary nobility.
  7. Reviewed by: Virgina Heffernan
    Mr. Branagh has teased out every manly rivalry and preserved every hey-nonny-nonny of the kooks in the Forest of Arden, but slashed passages of the repartee that defines Rosalind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. EllenC.
    Aug 29, 2007
    Brannagh's intriguing choice to set the story in Japan is visually interesting, if jarring at times.(Why not, then, use Asian actors and Brannagh's intriguing choice to set the story in Japan is visually interesting, if jarring at times.(Why not, then, use Asian actors and completely commit to the setting?) That said, his multicultural cast is generally winning, and Romola Garai steals almost every scene she inhabits as Celia. Bryce Dallas Howard is stunning--and though her "disguise" is not much of one (How could her beloved NOT recognize her?), she has a strong presence and handles the comedic and romantic moments with aplomb. I especially enjoyed how Brannagh handled the unusual Epilogue--a rare one for female characters--on the film's backlot amidst trailers and crew. Kline's thoughtful, understated Jaques is fine. The inevitable "wedded-couples-romping-to-Doyle's-music-finale" similar to that seen in Branagh's "Much Ado Without Nothing" is less sucessful here--a bit lengthy and strained. All in all, though, a charming, refreshing look at a classic. Expand