Andrew Mobbs (mobbsy) wrote,
Andrew Mobbs
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As You Like It

As You Like It
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450972/

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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