Your Highness Reviews
It plays for the base humor and is vulgar and you will either howl out loud laugh or eye roll till the sheep come in.
I had fun it was 3 1/2 out of 5 for me. Again it was a free ticket with a recent blu ray purchase but hey one cant complain. Also has Zooey Deschanel in it and the factor of beautiful women was quite nice.
James Franco looked to be having WAY too much fun being ridiculous in this one. Good time though. Keep the kids away lol
Im not one hundred percent sure as to why a mainly american cast had to be set in an old english style medievil period and the accents are just so terrible especially Zooey Deschanel. Me personally i dont think this role suited Deschanels normally quirky and amusing characters!
In all honesty not a bad cast however a poor movie, poorly written, poorly acted overall just Poor!
However, NaPo's cold stares are deliciously patronizing, and Justin Theroux, as evil wizard, Leezar, has the best role essentially - playing evil but sometimes with a deadpan, Oedipal innocence. Glad to see Jennifer Aniston's new beau is more amusing than Brad Pitt.
"Get your quest on."
Your Highness has not received much praise. In fact, it seems that just about everyone and their brother thinks this movie is terrible. I liked it, but I guess my immature mind can accept this form of vulgar and highly offensive comedy, and make me laugh. This isn't the comedy our fathers were watching in their day, and anyone over 30 will more than likely find this completely moronic. While this is a step down for McBride, Franco, and Green from Pineapple Express; it still succeeds in creating laughs and in being a fun, if stupid comedy. They take their aim at the medieval quest films, and turn everything into a joke; most of the time an obscene, sexual reference of some sort.
Prince Fabius's bride to be is stolen by a scheming wizard. He plans to bang her to make a dragon that he can command. His lazy and stupid brother accompanies him on his quest in order to be seen as more than what he has been. Along the way they run into a banging hot woman warrior that is out to also kill the wizard. When Natalie Portman is introduced at about the 45 minute mark or so, it breaths new life into the movie. She's hilarious and sexy as hell; stripping down to a thong and making references to her "beaver." There's a reason she's one of my favorite people to watch on screen, and that's because she always gives a good performance and always holds your attention when a movie starts to lull.
No, Your Highness isn't a tasteful or witty comedy. It goes to extreme and over the top places to create laughs. It isn't for the prude or your grandparents. Some may consider it sexist, as women are called sluts countless times. It's also too reliant on vulgarity. I'll admit to all these things, but I love that it McBride and Green don't want to tone down their jokes. We watch enough stuff that's toned down, that every once in awhile it is fun to see a movie that doesn't care who it offends. It sure as hell didn't offend me.
I think it is worth a watch. I'm sure glad I ignored all the negative reviews it had been receiving. But in order to know if you will enjoy this form of comedy, just think Pineapple Express, except dial up the vulgarity and sexual references. I can't wait to see the next team up of McBride and Green. Hopefully, they don't let the negative reception of this film affect how they make their next one.
Leezar: I'm here to steal a beautiful virgin that looks just. Like. Her.
Fabious: And how do you plan to do that?
Leezar: Magic... Motherfucker.
What sets it apart are the extreme amounts of anachronistic profanity, jokes, and the very tongue-in-cheek manner with which it is all done. It is a bad movie that is stupid, vulgar, ridiculous, and filled with cheesy special effects and cliches but it's supposed to be a bad movie that's stupid, vulgar, and ridiculous. I guess the poor critical and box office reception it received can be attributed to the fact that most people didn't get the joke. Oh yeah, and one more thing, it's fun. Good, stupid, entertaining fun.
I'll admit that it isn't that good, and I'm slightly inflating my rating by a bit, but c'mon it's not boring, and if you come into it knowing it's supposed to be silly and stupid, you can enjoy it more/better. I will say though, that, I'm no prude, but I think they did go a tad overbored with some of the vulgarity as it sometiems come off as forced and overbearing. Aside from that though, I was rather shocked and surprised by some of the more extreme gags (and action scenes) on display. I wasn't expecting the film to be as gory as it is sometimes.
The cast for this thing is just incredible. You've got McBride adding another dumb slacker to his resume (but it's okay because he does it so well), Franco hamming it up as the typcial macho hero archetype, Justin Theroux as the demented evil wizard, Zooey Deschanel as the poor damsel in distress, and then there's Natalie Portman as the tough warrior woman. She's fun. It seemed odd to me that Deschanel and Portman would be apart of a nutty mess like this, but they didn't look like it was unenjoyable for them, so there. Either that, or they just once again delivered some more excellent performances by convincing me that they did this for more than the money.
As I've already mentioned, the film is bad, but, unlike some films of this ilk, this one at least knows it bad so it has fun with it. I thought David Gordon Green did great with Pineapple Express, as that marked a change from what he normally had been doing. WIth this he's just following in that path, and, even though he's got a knack for low brow humor, I kinda do think he should maybe reel it back in and deliver something a little less lowest common denominator next time.
Give this one a chance. Expect it to be bad, dumb, and extreme, and you might end up finding yourself surprised.
Director: David Gordon Green
Summary: When a twisted wizard kidnaps the virginal fiancée of a valiant prince, his ne'er-do-well brother grudgingly joins his sibling on a quest to save the beautiful damsel. Along the way, the duo meets their match in the form of a fetching female warrior.
My Thoughts: "I am a fan of silly stupid funny films. Unfortunately this was more stupid then funny for me. There was a few scenes that were funny but none that had me laughing out loud. But the film is meant to be bad so you can't say you didn't know it before hand. I am purely basing the film on it's comedy, and I just didn't find it funny enough. I wanted more laughs."
A crude, silly and occasionally hilarious homage to the sword and sorcery movies of the 80's. You've got your beautiful damsels in distress, hideous monsters, evil wizards, magical swords and dashing princes, all given a vulgar spin courtesy of Danny McBride's sense of humor. How well your own syncs up with his will largely decide whether you like Your Highness.
I thought the movie could have been funnier, but it never dragged or became boring, and the missed jokes were usually followed in short order by one that made me laugh-out-loud. There's tons of bare breasts and endless penis jokes (and actual penises), so if that kind of stuff isn't up your alley, don't even bother. But if you like the idea of a great cast including Natalie Portman, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel, and the previously mentioned McBride traipsing about in medieval villages, castles and forests having a foul-mouthed and very bloody adventure, I suggest you give Your Highness a viewing.
David Gordon Green has made some interesting and good films in the past ('Undertow') and pretty recently ('Pineapple Express'). But what about this one then? The quote above pretty much sums it all up.
In a far away land, there lives two princes. Thadeous (McBride), a cocky and cowardly fatty. With fatty I'm not talking about a perfectly shaped large ass. Let's just say that he's not in shape. But he does enjoy smoking fatties... Where were we again. Was there another prince? Oh yes. Fabious. He's just fabulous. The next King. The great hope of the kingdom. But I'm pretty sure that this gullible princeter has been molested by a wizard of some sort...
So anywho. There are other characters but who really gives a fuck. All of them are pointlessly put out in the script. Zooey Deschanel, who is by the way the sexiest chick in the business, is totally lost in the picture even though she's the princess their after. Damian Lewis's character could've been written better. Natalie Portman? Ok, she just won the Oscar. Did you know that 'Your Highness' was rescheduled (is that even a word?) a few times. Why's that? I guess they've learned of the Eddie Murphy 'Dreamgirls' - 'Norbit' incident. Murphy would've won the Oscar without that 'Norbit' disaster released at the same time. Nuff said. Where were we again?
I guess Green has tried to make 'Your Highness' as a mocking tribute to all these 80's fantasy adventures we've grown up with. 'Willow', 'Conan the Barbarian', 'Red Sonja' etc, you know 'em all. Green just went wrong on some really important things. There's a lot of missed opportunities here.
First of all, 'Your Highness' starts on very slowly. I understand that you have to introduce the protagonists etc but man... I almost broke my main rule and searched for the forward button on the remote.
Secondly, 'Your Highness' just ain't that funny. There are some scenes that are amusing but you know that feeling when you're cracking up completely? It ain't here.
Thirdly (can I even say it like that?), Green does deliver some obscene scenes but he doesn't max 'em out completely. It almost feels as if he's apologizing before hand.
There ain't gonna come a "fourthly", because I'd probably brake every rule in english grammar. This film just is a mess. There were some scenes that were ok but there's gotta be more. There's no denying that 'Your Highness' has lots of talent in it. It just ain't used the way it should.
"All I want is for you to be a part of this moment. I want you to be gay with me and father.
- I don't want to be gay with you two!"