Your Highness

2011-05-12 16:57
 
What it's about:

Prince Fabious (James Franco) has returned to his kingdom with not only the head of his enemy, but also a virgin bride, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel). When his wife-to-be is stolen by the evil wizard Leezar, Fabious must journey with his lazy, jealous brother Thadeous to rescue her. On their quest they discover a curious, peadophilic wizard, traitors within their camp and a vengeful young warrior named Isabel (Natalie Portman). 

What we thought of it:

I was desperate to see this movie as I thought Pineapple Express was one of the best stoner flicks of the last few years. And since this film is called Your HIGHness, I was expecting something along the same lines. The films have two actors and a director (David Gordon Green) in common. Unfortunately, it's not enough to ensure success.

Your Highness is a lazy movie. Filled with cheap humour, it relies on its star power to carry it through the smut. Think asexual knights, depraved wizards and not nearly enough marijuana to call this a stoner flick.

While the Northern Ireland setting is breathtakingly beautiful, it's not nearly enough to save this film from itself.

James Franco has kissed his comedic chops goodbye. No wonder he was so lame at the Oscars. His character, Prince Fabious, tries so hard to be the good guy but Franco can't help laughing at how camp and ridiculous Fabious is. Franco has never been able to keep a straight face, and it works against him in this movie.

Danny McBride is a highly entertaining actor. His writing skills on the other hand, leave a lot of room for improvement. His lame script sparsely dotted with decent humorous lines leaves him wallowing in the shadow of his more attractive co-stars.

And then there's Natalie Portman. One can only wonder how much they paid her to participate in this low-brow farce.  Her character isn't particularly funny, bad-ass or interesting. She's just really hot in her Robin Hood outfit.

I think the missing link is Seth Rogen. He starred in and wrote Pineapple Express which gave Franco and McBride room to truly shine. Maybe the trick is not to star in the film you write?

I say off with their heads for this disappointing offering.


James Franco's lost his funny and Natalie Portman's dropped her standards. It's like the Oscars all over again!
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Damien 2011/05/15 12:34 AM
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I thought this movie was really fun and a bit of silly nonsense, a nice change from all the dramatic serious movies. Every now and again some silliness is required. Enjoy it for what it is!
E 2011/05/20 3:05 PM
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Worst movie ever
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