As You Like It (12A)

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As You Like It is a Shakespearean adaptation too far for Kenneth Branagh. His third romantic comedy leaves one with the impression that, whatever the variation on love's follies, all Branagh really wants is to get everyone joining hands for a nice song and dance.

Bryce Dallas Howard and David Oyelowo make a fetching Rosalind and Orlando; Romola Garai a comical Celia; Kevin Kline a weighty Touchstone. But the Japanese setting is facile, the overall execution lame.

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