Andrew Mobbs (mobbsy) wrote,
Andrew Mobbs

As You Like It

As You Like It
Directed by Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh's latest Shakespeare production sets As You Like It in Meji era Japan where traders have set up fiefdoms with all the politics and intrigue of a 16th Century court. Well, actually it doesn't really matter where this is set since virtually the whole play takes place in a semi-fantastical forest. The Japanese setting does allow ninjas into the opening scenes, which can't be a bad thing even if it does leave Branagh open to satirical comment.

Generally very enjoyable, well produced, acted and directed. I'm left feeling that if I were criticising it without knowing it was a Shakespeare play, I'd comment on the sheer implausibility of most of the plot, but that's par for the course.

It's not a play I know very well, so can't really compare this production to others, but Rosalind came across as a very strong character and Celia is played for laughs very well. The dialogue is delivered very naturally and is entirely understandable.

A very enjoyable Q&A with Kenneth Branagh and Brian Blessed followed. Unfortunately I had to leave early to see the next film, but sitting in the front row, just a couple of metres from Brian Blessed bellowing "Gordon's Alive!" is quite an experience.
Tags: cambridgefilmfestival2007

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