As You Like It 2006 (Sous-titres franais) (Sous-titres français)
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The cruel Duke (Brian Blessed) has deposed his far nicer brother (Blessed in a different wig), and the ex-Duke has run off into the Forest of Arden. At the same time, a young man named Orlando (David Oyelowo) has been cast out by his cruel brother Oliver (Adrian Lester).
Then the Duke decides to exile his niece Rosalind (Bryce Dallas Howard), despite the pleas of his daughter Celia (Romola Garai). So Rosalind (disguised as a boy), Celia and the jester Touchstone (Alfred Molina) run away into the Forest of Arden the following night, and soon encounter the exiled Duke and his followers. So does Orlando and his faithful servant Adam.
Because of a previous meeting, Rosalind and Orlando are already in love. But not only does he not recognize her, but because she's disguised as a boy she's attracted the amorous intentions of a local shepherdess. And to make matters even more complex, Touchstone is in a love triangle of his own, and Oliver has stumbled into Arden as well. Is everything going to end well?
Think about it: it's Shakespeare with all its transvestitism, romantic tangles and mass confusion... but they add katanas and NINJAS. Seriously, how cool is that?Read more ›
Particularly the amazing Henry V (Widescreen), when he gives the famous speech at the Battle of Agincourt- "We few. We precious few. We band of brothers.' I liked the banter between his character Benedick, and Emma Thompson as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Widescreen), and the romance between the two in Henry V.
I have also watched the BBC version of As You Like it starring Helen Mirren and James Bolam.
Now with As You Like It, Branagh movies it from its usual locale the forest of Arden in France, to Japan, and at the beginning introduces ninjas. In a nutshell, it's a love story and story of contrast between the courtly material life, and pastoral life, and when our main characters get disinherited or banished, they end up in the Forest of Arden living like Robin Hood in the golden age.
Rosalinde changes her name to Ganimede and disguises herself as a man, and her banished suitor Orlando does not recognise her. Now something unusual happens in the forest, people start wooing each other, and falling in love, Ganimede attracts the attentions of a local wench Phoebe, while Touchstone the magician has a thing for Audrey even if she is a bit of a slut, allegedly.
For me the Forest of Arden is like the superconscious mind, the magical place where all problems get solved, the forest of all possibillity.Read more ›
It's a sweet and joyful affair, with a load of fun performances, and a re-imagining by Branagh
of the story taking place in 1880s Japan (!), which seems an odd idea, but actually ends up
working quite well.
Bryce Dallas Howard is a terrific Rosalind, perhaps my favorite I've seen. She makes the text
completely comprehensible without losing its poetry. She's funny, sexy and wonderfully lovable.
(Why she hasn't become a bigger star I'll never know). David Oyelowo is her match as Orlando,
making his love-sick swooning and single-minded romantic obsession tremendously appealing
and human '-- never whiny (a danger in this role), and never losing his considerable charisma
and smolder. This is a rare case where on-screen love at first sight is believable, endearing and hot.
There are terrific supporting turns from Kevin Kline, Brian Blessed (excellent in a double role),
Adrian Lester, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina (just to name a few).
There are places where one can carp: even in a comedy Howard's disguise as a boy would
fool no one, and makes a number of moments feel silly (would it have been so hard to at least
put all of her wild and distinctive hair under her cap instead of letting much of it come flowing out?).
Sometimes Branagh interrupts his excellent, more classic visual style with a slightly wobbly
stedicam 360, which call more attention to themselves than they should. And a couple of minor
characters feel a less than needed in this cut down version. But those are small complaints.Read more ›
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Absolutely gorgeous film. Beautifully shot. Costumes wonderful. Acting excellent. Highly recommend. They won't be able to do a remake because this production is 'choice'.Published 8 months ago by airbears
I've always enjoyed Kenneth Branagh's plays and this one is no exception - it's a great modern rendition of the play. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christine Eastgaard
I still don't know why Kenneth Branagh decided to set As You Like It in Mejii Japan, but the decision resulted in a beautiful film to watch and a perfectly believable setting for... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gayle Gibson
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