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Your Highness

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Your HighnessThroughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world–Your Highness. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman)–an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own–the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages. — (C) Universal

Director: David Gordon Green

Writers: Danny McBride, Ben Best

Staring: Danny McBride, Natalie Portman , Zooey Deschanel and James Franco

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman James Franco Zooey Deschanel Danny McBride

Natalie Portman James Franco Zooey Deschanel Danny McBride

Danny McBride Natalie Portman

Danny McBride and Natalie Portman

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

 

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One Review for “Your Highness”

  1. Let’s start with the obvious; this is not a highbrow movie. This is not a good movie. It is not full of good acting. And, it is not family/Christian entertainment. It is lowbrow/crude and full of sexual innuendo and violence. But, on the other hand, it is very, very funny.
    If you grew up in the 80’s like me, you remember the days of Porky’s, Meatballs, Stripes and Caddyshack. These were all very funny movies. There was nothing classy about them in any way, shape or form, but they made you laugh. Your Highness is more of the same, but, if possible, even more lowbrow.
    I went to see this movie last Sunday because the movie we planned to see was sold out and it was the only one that started without us having to wait around for an hour. I was dreading the experience because the reviews were blatantly bad pretty much across the board. I was also with a friend of mine that is somewhat of a snob and I was sure he was going to blame me for seeing it. But, we were both pleasantly surprised. It was bad, but it was so bad, it was good.
    The story is very typical. The hero, Thaddeous (Danny McBride), is the younger son, of the king in a small kingdom during the middle ages. He wants the respect of his older brother, Fabious (James Franco) and father, but cannot get it. To make matters worse, Fabious is the typical hero; he goes on adventures and battles for the king and is always victorious.
    On one of those adventures, Fabious meets a princess (Zooey Deschanel) and they become engaged. She is then kidnapped by the evil warlock who threatens to take her virginity before Fabious can take it on their wedding night. In the process he will turn her into his witch bride. Fabious is distraught and wants the love of his life back. He asks his brother to go on an adventure with him to save her.
    Along the way, the two brothers plus their entourage meet Isabel (Natalie Portman) who, by chance, is after the same warlock. She also, to the advantage of Fabious and Thaddeous, is a master swordsman and fighter. Eventually, the group meets up with the warlock and the final battle takes place. Of course, sparks fly between Isabel and Thaddeous and they are not all sparks of the good kind.
    One thing I know you are thinking right now is how could Academy Award winner Natalie Portman be involved in this juvenile crap? I do not have an answer to that, but like I said, it was funny. Maybe she just chose to have some fun after making the dark and serious Black Swan. And, she did it well, including the action sequences.
    The film is so full of crude humor that anyone who brings a pre-teen to it should have their head examined. As I said earlier, this is not family entertainment. Just to give you an example, towards the end of the film Thaddeous kills an evil creature and cuts off its sexual organ as a trophy. For the remainder of the film, he wears the “trophy” around his neck.
    If you enjoy Danny McBride, in the HBO series, ‘Eastbound and Down,’ you will definitely enjoy this as it is the same type of humor. If you don’t, stay away. On the whole, I give it two stars, plus an extra star for those who like lowbrow comedy.

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