Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia ... See full summary »



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Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia (daughter to Duke Frederick). She falls in love with a young man named Orlando, but before she can even think twice about it, she is banished by Duke Frederick, who threatens death if she comes near the court again. Celia, being Rosalind's best friend, goes with Rosalind (who is disguised as a boy, Ganymede) and Touchstone, the court's fool, to the forest of Arden. Upon their arrival in the forest, they happen upon Orlando and his manservant, who are fleeing the wrath of Orlando's eldest brother. What follows is an elaborate scheme devised by the cross-dressing Rosalind to find out the verity of Orlando's supposed passion for her, and to further capture his heart, through the witty and mischievous façade of Ganymede. Written by Jess D.

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Romance...or something like it.


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Rated PG for violence and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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This was the ninth and final film directed by Kenneth Branagh in which Richard Briers stars. The other eight were Henry V (1989), Peter's Friends (1992), Swan Song (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), A Midwinter's Tale (1995), Hamlet (1996) and Love's Labour's Lost (2000). See more »


Rosalind: Nay, an you be so tardy, come no more in my sight: I had as lief be wooed of a snail.
Orlando De Boys: Of a snail?
Rosalind: Ay, of a snail; for though he comes slowly, he carries his house on his head; a better jointure, I think, than you make a woman: besides he brings his destiny with him.
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Crazy Credits

The picture seems to end without the play's Epilogue. Then, the closing credits begin, when they are suddenly interrupted by Bryce Dallas Howard, still in character as Rosalind, who then is seen speaking the Epilogue as she begins to walk to her trailer, drinking a cup of coffee along the way. After the speech, Kenneth Branagh can be heard offscreen saying "Aaaand...cut!" After this, the closing credits resume. See more »


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Under the Greenwood Tree
Composed by Patrick Doyle
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Performed by Patrick Doyle and London Symphony Orchestra
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A lot of sweet fun
26 April 2015 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Critics were pretty divided on this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Probably my second favorite of Branagh's films (both Shakespeare and not) after "Henry V".

It's a sweet and joyful affair, with a load of fun performances, and a re-imagining by Branagh of the story taking place in 1880s Japan (!), which seems an odd idea, but actually ends up working quite well.

Bryce Dallas Howard is a terrific Rosalind, perhaps my favorite I've seen. She makes the text completely comprehensible without losing it's poetry. She's funny, sexy and wonderfully lovable. (Why she hasn't become a bigger star I'll never know). David Oyelowo is her match as Orlando, making his love-sick swooning and single-minded romantic obsession tremendously appealing and human – never whiny (a danger in this role), and never losing his considerable charisma and smolder. This is a rare case where on-screen love at first sight is believable, endearing and hot.

There are terrific supporting turns from Kevin Kline, Brian Blessed (excellent in a double role), Adrian Lester, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina (just to name a few).

There are places where one can carp: even in a comedy Howard's disguise as a boy would fool no one, and makes a number of moments feel silly (would it have been so hard to at least put all of her wild and distinctive hair under her cap instead of letting much of it come flowing out?). Sometimes Branagh interrupts his excellent, more classic visual style with a slightly wobbly stedicam 360, which call more attention to themselves than they should. And a couple of minor characters feel a less than needed in this cut down version. But those are small complaints.

This is Shakespeare that isn't 'good for you', but that is as fun and playful (and occasionally quite tense) as any wonderful romantic comedy. Yes all the poetry and insights into human affairs are there, but they flow naturally, instead of making one feel force fed. I'd imagine this would be a great film for teens studying the play. It makes it immediate and alive, passionate and sexy.

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