I Saw A Film Today… Your Highness

I don’t particularly like Danny McBride. I don’t even find him all that funny. There is no role I have seen him in that makes me think, “yeah, he put his all into that performance”. Well, maybe two. One was in Up in the Air, where he played a serious role and played it quite well. The other would be in Pineapple Express, a film that I quite liked. That film, about two stoners, was directed by David Gordon Green. Green is also the director of Your Highness, which is a star-studded comedy… minus the comedy.

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Thadeous (McBride) is lazy stoner who is apparently a “warrior”. All he really does is sit around with his servant Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker) fantasize about women. His brother Fabious (James Franco), on the other hand, is an accomplished warrior. He also has fallen in love with Belladona (Zooey Deschanel), a Cinderella-esque simpleton.

Fabious plans to marry Belladona but the ceremony is thwarted by evil sorcerer Leezar, who plans to use Belladona in a vague ceremony to plunge the world into darkness.

Now Fabious and his lazy brother set out to rescue the captured maiden. Along the way they meet a stoner frog-thing, horny nymphs, a minotaur, and Isabel (Natalie Portman), who looks like she just came off the set of Zena. Together, they fight to rescue Belladona. You know, that old chestnut.

You wouldn’t think that a film with James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschcanel would also be a front-runner for one of the worst films of the year. I don’t believe I laughed (not even giggled) at one point during this film. It consist of recycled jokes and humor only a high school boy would find funny. What happened to David Gordon Green? He once was a director of critically acclaimed films. Now he somehow makes rubbish like the HBO series Eastbound and Down and this.

The cast deserves no recognition either. Deschanel’s sweetness is in the film no longer than ten minutes. Franco’s acting recalls his performance at the Oscars. McBride is McBride, shouting random phrases and looking sleazy. The only one of the bunch I thought gave a noteworthy performance is Portman. She obviously had fun with the role and decided to put forth something of an effort.

There was a time when this genre of comedy was funny. Unfortunately the last person do it well was Mel Brooks in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Verdict: SKIP IT!

Thoughts? Opinions? Leave them below.

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One Response to “I Saw A Film Today… Your Highness”

  1. It could have been so much funnier, but with what I got, I laughed for the most part. Juts lazy comedy really. Good Review!

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