Your Highness review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
A medieval sword and sorcery story with a comic twist, Your Highness is the most recent offering from Pineapple Express’ director David Gordon Green. The film tells the tale of two royal brothers; Fabious and Thadeous, played by James Franco and Danny McBride respectively; who must rescue Fabious’ intended bride (Zooey Deschanel) who has been kidnapped by the evil Leezer (Justin Theroux).
The film consists mostly of the expected crude and unimaginative comedy, which certain viewers will probably love. If that’s what you want in a film then this will easily satisfy and you will even be treated to a fairly decent fantasy film in the process. The comedy element of this film is no where near the same level as the very successful Pineapple Express and will only really pull titters of laughter rather than howls. The acting is – unsurprisingly – quite wooden, the brief appearances of 500 Days of Summer’s Deschanel and Justin Theroux the only promising performances. The only notable point of Portman’s performance as the warrior princess Isobel is that it is her second disappointing comedy performance of the year.
The movie takes every opportunity to make sex and drug jokes, including a ridiculously named ceremony to breed dragons given the eye-rollingly over the top title of “the F***ering”. The film is basically a chance for a bunch of Americans to have a whale of a time putting on silly feux-English accents and running around with swords and horses.
Ultimately the film is adequate but disappointing by Gordon Green’s previous standards.