Growing up, my favorite comedic actors were Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, and then the guys from In Living Color and SNL like Jim Carrey, the older Wayans brothers, Chris Farley, and Adam Sandler. As time went by I liked guys like Will Ferrell and all the Apatow crew. Now, Danny McBride is at the top of the list. Why? Because he steals the scene in every movie he is in. He's the reason I enjoyed Pineapple Express, made Land of the Lost watchable, and made Eastbound & Down the funniest show on TV of the last 10 years. If you don't like Danny McBride, then skip this movie. He plays pretty much the same character as he did in the Foot Fist Way and Eastbound, but so far it is a formula that works and still cracks me up.
The plot of Your Highness is simple. Danny McBride is the younger brother of a mythical prince Fabious (James Franco). Fabious is the adventurous prince loved by all and Thaddeous (McBride) is the joke of the family who spends his time fighting midgets and smoking magic herbs with the village idiot. Fabious decides to marry the virgin princess Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) but she is kidnapped by the evil warlock Leezar (who was pretty funny). Fabious, Thaddeous must journey to his castle to save her. Along the way they run into many different people and situations and this makes up the bulk of the film. They are joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman) who was badass and real hot.
The movie is pretty simple and just tries to be fun. It isn't serious in the least bit. It kind of gets off to a rocky start but soon finds its way and just entertains. I don't really like James Franco. I don't think he's that good of an actor or funny, but he was decent; somebody else could have done it better. The special effect were pretty good and the many creatures and villains were cool for the most part.
Your Highness combines the elements of the works of David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express & Eastbound and Down), Apatow, and Monty Python films. It is neither highbrow nor stupid beyond belief. It is a fun R-rated adventure comedy. There are some parts that could be edited and smoothed, but since this was an advanced screening, it proably will before its wide release. If you just want a cool comedy with medieval and mythical elements plus some pretty good action and violence, then check this out.
Also, I got to meet Danny McBride at the premiere. We was a genuinely funny and nice guy, not phoney or pretentious. I've met many other celebrities; some were cool, some were okay, and some were a-holes. McBride really was cool and cared about his fans' opinions. I think this is important because these people will suppport you throughout your career; sometimes I get turned off when I've met somebody and hated them or can really tell they're jerks. Maybe it's better not to meet them in some cases, but I am really happy I got the oppurtunity to go to this screening.