As You Like It

As You Like it DVD cover“All the world’s a stage…” and this time that stage is set in exotic 19th century Japan.  As You Like It, the most recent Shakespeare adaptation from the ever-excellent Kenneth Branagh, spins a playful tale of romance, rivalry, and masquerade.  Bryce Dallas Howard is simply enchanting as Rosalind, the exiled maiden who escapes to the forest.  Disguised as a boy, she encounters the dashing Orlando and offers to help him win his lady, though he has no idea that the woman he loves is right before him.  Romola Garai, Brian Blessed, and Kevin Kline also star in this 2006 HBO Films presentation, distributed by Warner Home Video.