Film Review: Your Highness

McBride and Franco’s chemistry doesn’t match that of their last pairing, 2008’s Pineapple Express. Director David Gordon Green achieved action-comedy success with that film, but here he gets carried away with sorcery, dragons and other stereotypical medieval bullshit. Much of the humor is through dialogue, though I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen another comedy in which the swearing was so pivotal to its success.


Your Highness isn’t terrible, though. Natalie Portman seems comfortable and believable as Isabel, and there are some memorable gags, like when McBride kills a minotaur and sports one certain body part around his neck as a battle souvenir. (I’ll leave the details to your imagination.) There's also some brief humor in a few of the bloody fighting scenes, although the film is more gruesome and grotesque than you think.


Just don’t expect it to be Pineapple Express-funny.


Although the medieval storyline had me doubting the script, I came into Your Highness with high expectations due to the presence of Danny McBride. Unfortunately, Your Highness focuses mostly on violent action scenes and special effects, with McBride working as comic relief. Yes, he delivers — but he can't save this film on his own.

While Fabious (James Franco) is out slaying dragons and going on epic quests, his brother, Thadeous (McBride) is all about getting drunk and high, and living a life of leisure. But when Fabious’s bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) is kidnapped by the evil sorcerer Leezar (Justin Feroux), Thadeous reluctantly joins his brother on a quest to rescue her. Throughout their journey, they encounter all sorts of mystical, violent and unusual behavior, including that of a pink, alien-like wizard who also happens to be a perverted pedophile. They also meet the beautiful and battle-ready Isabel (Natalie Portman), much to the delight of horn-dog Thadeous.

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