Saturday, August 11, 2012

Your Highness

Starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel

Directed by David Gordon Green

Release Date: April 8th, 2011

Once upon a time there was a kingdom with two princes: Prince Thadeous and Fabious. Where as Fabious is dashing and heroic, Thadeous is crude, selfish and obnoxious. Soon, Fabious is getting married to the lovely Belladonna, whom he freed from a tower. However, the happy day is soon ruined by the dastardly wizard Leezar, who kidnaps Belladonna so he can use her to summon forth a powerful dragon. Now, the mismatched siblings are joined by Thadeous's servant Courtney and the vengeful warrior Isabel.

Danny Mcbride is an up-and-coming actor. He's been in  the background of comedies such as Tropic Thunder and The Pineapple Express: he's also the star of the successful HBO comedy Eastbound & Down. Mcbride's style of humor can come across as vulgar and disgusting, but I find his absurd sense of humor to be highly infectious and I hope to see him headlining more comedies in the future.

However, I found Your Highness to be a mixed bag. On one side, I was intrigued to see a farcical take on the fantasy genre. I liked the idea of comedians mocking the sword and sorcery brand of fiction, such as the scene as the Wise Wizard's home or the fight with a hydra monster. However, the trailers kept highlighting the film's biggest weakness: too much reliance on modern day slang. Look, I get the appeal: Danny McBride using modern foul language while wearing chain mail. The problem is, the screenwriters (which includes McBride) don't try anything clever with it. It becomes a crutch to get out of a slow conversation between characters or how to end a scene. It's just disappointing. Also, the villain isn't very interesting.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad comedy, but nothing memorable.

Rating: 3 out of 5. 

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