Movie Diary 6/1/2021

As You Like It (Kevin Branagh, 2006). Missed it the first time around. It sounds strange to say it, but Branagh still doesn’t quite trust the material. The Japan setting is strictly a design feature, but otherwise the film benefits from its strong cast, especially Kevin Kline as Jaques, Brian Blessed as the two Dukes, and David Oyelowo as Orlando. Alfred Molina and Janet McTeer are gratifyingly clownish, in the best Shakespearian sense. A pretty film – but would like to see Branagh steer away from the comedies, and back to something heavy.