As You Like It

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 21, 2007
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  1. EllenC.
    Aug 29, 2007
    8
    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 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
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Jesse Hicks
    60
    The writer-director makes some inspired, insightful cinematic choices. However, the play’s untidiness--it’s one of Shakespeare’s most mischievous--virtually guarantees a final product distinguished by individual performances rather than dramatic consistency.
  2. Most of the performances are very good and some are thrilling, particularly Kline's Jacques, whom he imbues with great world-weary nobility.
  3. Once you get used to the surroundings, it's still the same "As You Like It"--utterly charming and completely winning.