Your Highness (2011)


Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy


David Gordon Green




Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Toby Jones, Damian Lewis, Rasmus Hardiker, Simon Farnaby, Deobia Oparei, Charles Dance, John Fricker, Matyelok Gibbs, Charles Shaughnessy, Rhian Sugden, Amii Grove


When Prince Fabious's (James Franco) bride (Zooey Deschanel) is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous (Danny McBride).


I certainly wasn't expecting an Oscar worthy picture here, but I figured this to be one of those films you still enjoy no matter how stupid they are. And I was right, about the last part only though because "Your Highness" is pretty dumb but not so funny and overall it fails to entertain.

The film is a parody of medieval/fantasy movies which is the reason why I decided to give it a try. But with the plot comes the first problem. I get the writers' intention to write something that wouldn't have the viewer think about it for hours and hours after the film is over, because they really gave no weight to the storyline. I'm not complaining about that. What I'm complaining about is how tedious the whole thing ended up.

I am not sure what exactly went wrong, or maybe I do. It was probably the humour. Most of the jokes fall flat and are the regular fart and stornes jokes that have been used over and over again. Occasionally, there are some jokes that work, but they are so little they can be counted on the fingers of one hand. What the filmmakers should have realised before making this is that profanities and stupid jokes aren't enough to make a medieval movie funny.

A positive note is that the film is full of action and special effects which aren't bad at all. Also the fantasy elements are treated "seriously" and if it wasn't for the poor humour, the film would have totally be a winner.

Next up there's the cast who unfortunately cannot save the film. Danny McBride does his best and does provide some laughs, but he alone is not enough to make up for the script. On the other hand we have James Franco, who should be ashamed of himself for the performance he gives here. I loved him in "Pineapple Express" but this time he just doesn't seem to work. And among many famous names that really made me wonder what the hell they were doing in the film - Damian Lewis, Charles Dance -, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel stand out for being just the pretty girls.


  1. I completely forgot about this movie. I'm surprised Natalie Portman was in it. lol

  2. Lo beccai per caso in tv.... Trashissimo