As you like it is a comedy by William Shakespeare it is originally set in France but in this film Kenneth Branagh for some reason sets it in nineteenth century Japan. Which I have to admit threw me off this play. I am a great fan of Branagh’s work in bringing Shakespeare to the big screen I have watch almost all of the films based upon Shakespeare’s plays that he has directed and enjoyed his interpretation of them. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for this movie.
Briefly the story of As you like it is about a Duke forced to live in the forest because his younger brother has usurped his kingdom and exiled him and his supporters from his kingdom.
To this forest the daughter of the Duke (Rosalind) and the daughter of the usurper (Celia)flee from the usurper’s wrath. The Duke’s daughter disguised as a young man (Ganymede)the her companion as a poor woman (Aliena). Along with them is Orlando the younger brother of Oliver who is unfairly persecuted by his older brother. Orlando is in love with Rosalind but Rosalind disguised as Ganymede questions Orlando as to whether his love is true. There are of course comedic moments when a shepherdess falls in love with Ganymede (Rosalind) and is repulsed. And where the young men post simple love poems upon the trees.
But all of this is placed in the era of feudal Japan and so you see the English characters appearing in samurai armor and wearing the topknot of a samurai. And at one point Orlando wrestles a sumo and wins! Which I found completely ridiculous. If Branagh had placed this in the original setting it would have made for a better film in my opinion. Because of that I’m going to give this two and a half quill pens out of five.
Q. 12. How does God execute His decrees?
A. God executes His decrees in the works of creation and providence.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Acts 14:17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
This Friday’s frenzy has been postponed. Tune in next week.
One of my favorite television show from the ninties was Due South it was a quirky comedy about a RCMP officer in Chicago. And it introduced me to some music that I remember fondly. Here is a little song from that show.