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Based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, As You Like It is a film adapted and directed by British director Kenneth Branagh. It was released in the UK in 2006, and then to American television in 2007. Known as a creative director of Shakespeare, Branagh is particularly well known for bringing the Bard to contemporary audiences in ways that help people understand his complex language. He is also known for mixing actors from British theater and American Hollywood and for pulling on international talent.

The cast of As You Like It is a good example of this kind of blending. Brian Blessed, a well known actor in British theater, has a double role in the film as Duke Frederick and Duke Senior. Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of American actor and director Ron Howard, stars as Rosalind, while English actress Romala Garai stars as her friend Ceila. Well known American actor Kevin Kline has the role of Jacques, and Alfred Molina, considered British-American, plays the comic role of Touchstone. David Oyelowo, who plays Orlando, is British but was born of Nigerian parents.

International casting is not the only interesting element of As You Like It. Branagh has reimagined the setting, moving it from fabled England to 19th century Japan. That colors everything in the film, from costumes to gardens to music. While Ninja warriors and Kabuki theater are not typically part of Shakespearean films, Branagh puts them to creative use to help bring the story to life for new audiences.

The story mostly involves the mixed-up romances of three couples: Orlando and Rosalind, Oliver and Ceila, and Touchstone and Audrey. Their exiles in a magical forest provide plenty of madcap action and comical antics, as well as opportunities for grand Shakespearean speeches.

As he does with many of Branagh’s films, Patrick Doyle composed the music.

As You Like It is an Comedy, Drama, Romance movie that was released in 2007 and has a run time of 2 hr 7 min. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2.

Where do I stream As You Like It online? As You Like It is available to watch and stream, download on demand at Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max online. Some platforms allow you to rent As You Like It for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

| 2007 | 2 hr 7 min | 6.2/10
Takuya Shimada, Brian Blessed, Richard Clifford, Bryce Dallas Howard
Kenneth Branagh
Produced By
Kenneth Branag, Judy Hofflund, Simon Moseley