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As You Like It (2006)
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Kenneth Branagh
Takuya Shimada Brian Blessed Richard Clifford
2h 7m

"As You Like It" is a 2006 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's beloved comedy of the same name, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kenneth Branagh. This cinematic interpretation of the play brings the enchanting forest of Arden to life while capturing the wit, romance, and whimsy that Shakespeare is celebrated for.

The story begins in the duchy of Duke Frederick (Brian Blessed) and centers around the plight of Rosalind (Bryce Dallas Howard), the daughter of the banished Duke Senior (Brian Blessed). Fearing for her safety, Rosalind is also exiled from the court by her uncle Duke Frederick, and she decides to disguise herself as a young man named Ganymede. Accompanied by her cousin Celia (Emily Mortimer), who also assumes a new identity as Aliena, Rosalind ventures into the Forest of Arden, where she encounters a colorful cast of characters.

The forest becomes a place of transformation, self-discovery, and romantic entanglement, as various characters find themselves swept up in love and mistaken identities. Rosalind, disguised as Ganymede, ends up tutoring Orlando (David Oyelowo), with whom she has fallen in love. Meanwhile, the witty and melancholic Jaques (Adrian Lester) provides a philosophical touch to the proceedings, and the clown Touchstone (Alfred Molina) adds humor to the mix.

Kenneth Branagh's adaptation captures the beauty of the English countryside and the enchantment of the forest setting, creating a visually stunning backdrop for the unfolding romantic and comedic events. The performances are notable, with Bryce Dallas Howard delivering a standout portrayal of Rosalind/Ganymede, combining intelligence, humor, and charm.

The film retains the essence of Shakespeare's original work while making it accessible to modern audiences, with its lively and engaging storytelling. "As You Like It" remains faithful to the spirit of the play, celebrating themes of love, transformation, and the whimsy of life. It offers a delightful journey through the world of Shakespearean comedy, filled with laughter, romance, and the timeless magic of the bard's words.