Watched Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It (2006), or at least most of it. It was a set in 19th Century Japan. The movie wasn’t good. I am most disappointed with him.
Short list of reasons for which I disliked it:
Why was there such a shortage of people of Japanese heritage in the cast?
What was the point of the violent beginning?
Why did Orlando fight a Sumo wrestler?
Why was Duke Frederick psychotic?
Why couldn’t Branagh think of a different finale?
A shorter list of reasons for which I liked it:
The costumes were very pretty.
Getting back to Branagh and my disappointment with him…
Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) with Alicia Silverstone was abysmal too.
He is a good actor, and I particularly liked him in Rabbit Proof Fence (2002). His directing tends to be uneven though. Although I liked his too-long Hamlet (1996), a lot of his later efforts failed to please me. To be fair, I haven’t seen his take on The Magic Flute (2006) or seen Sleuth (2007).
I loved his Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993) but he did those when Emma was with him. I wonder if there’s any correlation.
Maybe it’s just that I’m a bigger fan of hers than his. I’ve followed Thompson’s career with unabated appreciation. I really liked her in Stranger Than Fiction (2006).