David Gordon Green
Your Highness is the latest ‘stoner comedy’ type film to come out, trying to be like other successful films such as “The Pinapple Express.” The story follows the character Thadeous (McBride), a man who is constantly living in the shadow of his older, heroic brother Fabious (Franco). Upon the return of Fabious’ many quests, it is revealed that he has rescued a woman named Belladonna (Deschanel) and plans to marry her. However she is kidnapped by an evil wizard, Leezar (Theroux).
So Fabious has to go on a quest to save her and Thadeous is forced to go along or face banishment. Along the way they are accompanied by Isabel (Portman), a woman warrior who wants to get revenge on Leezar, and a love interest for Thadeous.
The story for this film feels like it was done in three seconds. I almost feel like no real effort went into making it. Instead of actually trying to use witty humor, they instead keep using the same joke. That joke is basically the idea that saying the ‘F’ word in olden times is funny. It’s not.
Since most of the jokes in the movie fall flat, it becomes incredibly boring to watch. I wasn’t interested at all in what was going to happen. Compare this to “The Pineapple Express,” that movie combined both action and comedy in a very good way, and was never boring because both were well executed. This is the complete opposite. The action is lame and the comedy isn’t there.
James Franco and Danny McBride don’t work well together in this film. There was no chemistry between these two during the whole thing, once again, unlike Pineapple Express.” However, this might be do to the fact that the guys weren’t really getting into their roles. Besides putting “Ye Old” at the beginning of every sentence, no effort is added what so ever to make these characters believable. It’s basically just watching Fanco and McBride play dress up on set, but not really act.
The supporting cast isn’t much better. Natalie Portman is obviously the best part of the film since she is actually trying in this movie. But she is never given much to work with. The same can really be said about Zooey Deschanel, who I really liked in 500 Days of Summer but couldn’t stand in this one. And of course there was Leezar, a villain who was so bad, I think Rumpelstiltskin from Shrek 4 was better.
The movie itself just doesn’t work, so many jokes either fall completely flat, or were already shown and over done in the trailer. For example there was a little puppet creature that in the trailer was pretty goofy and humorous, however when the scene actually came in the film they ran it into the ground.
Overall, the film is awful and feels like no effort was put in. Besides Portman, the acting is sub par, and none of the jokes work making it very boring. I was nearly dozing off towards the film’s dumb climax. This is a 1 out of 5.