Review – Your Highness
The 80’s produced some of the best fantasy flicks that are still adored by fans today; highlights include ‘Ladyhawke’, ‘The Labyrinth’ & the mother of all 80’s fantasy flicks ‘The Princess Bride’. When it was announced that ‘Your Highness’ was being made actor/writer Danny McBride promised the film would be a tribute to those fantasy movies he grew up with as well as bringing the genre back into the limelight. If this film is a love letter to 80’s fantasy then it’s probably better if it got lost in the post. ‘Your Highness’ tells the story of the heroic Prince Fabious (James Franco) and the lazy Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride) who set off on a quest to rescue Fabious’s bride Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) after she is kidnapped by the evil warlock Leezar (Justin Theroux). Joining them on their quest is the beautiful but deadly Isabel (Natalie Portman) who gives the boys a run for their money when it comes to being a warrior. ‘Your Highness’ is a woeful effort at merging fantasy and comedy with very few laughs and an underused cast, the film hits form in its final stages but everything else is a wreck.
The big problem with ‘Your Highness’ is that it sets out to be a vulgar version of ‘The Princes Bride’ but the film repeatedly harps on the same gag – a medieval setting and all the character swear like sailors. It’s a gag that grows old quick and there is only so many times a character can say ‘let’s have a swordfight (PAUSE) motherf***er’. To make matters worse there is not much more to the films humour than that and it’s a real shame and a real bore. The cast are totally underused with James Franco and Natalie Portman putting huge dents in their resume after recent success. Danny McBride has always been a one trick pony and ‘Your Highness’ exposes his flaws as an actor and writer. Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) handles some action set pieces with style and the finale is one of the films rare highlights.
It’s amazing ‘Your Highness’ made it to the big screen and didn’t end up as a direct to DVD release, no doubt the recent boost in star power of Portman and Franco kept it out of the DVD dungeon, an epic failure.
The Popcorn Junkie