I’m Keith Kelly. “Your Highness”-the latest from the mind of Danny McBride-is a royal mess! My review, coming up right now.
Do you remember those cheesy 80’s fantasy action flicks, like “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Beastmaster”? Movies filled with outrageous plots, courageous heroes, swords and sorcery, creepy creatures, and over-the-top villains? “Your Highness” starring James Franco and Danny McBride has all of that, plus an extra helping of humor and a little weed smoking thrown into the mix.
I had high hopes for this film. Franco and McBride previously shared the screen in “The Pineapple Express” which really cracked me up even though it wasn’t one of the greatest movies ever made. I also enjoyed McBride in “Tropic Thunder”. Another plus was the casting of Natalie Portman-fresh off her Oscar win for “The Black Swan” as a fellow adventurer on a quest for revenge. Unfortunately, this one joke film mostly falls flat. The attempt at hilarity here involves McBride’s character-the lazy, pot smoking prince whose brother happens to be Dad the King’s favorite. The twist is Thaddeus happens to be a very modern flawed 21st century man, stuck in the middle of a fantasy epic. That means lots of f-bombs, improv and jokes about body parts. Nothing too witty here-just a lot of shock value with the language and one gross bit involving a souvenir from a slain Minotaur.
James Franco mostly plays his role as the favored prince with a big goofy smile on his face, and isn’t very funny at all. He seems to be in on the joke too much, which makes McBride less funny. Portman is decent, but wasted in the part.
Save your theatre-going bucks on this one folks, and wait for the DVD. I give “Your Highness”, directed by David Gordon Green, a grade of “C”. I’m Keith Kelly.
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