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MOVIE REVIEW: Your Highness

Posted: May 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Rearview | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on MOVIE REVIEW: Your Highness

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102 Minutes | Adventure | Fantasy | Comedy

Release (Australia) 12 May 2011

IMDB Rating | 5.6/10 from 46,484 users

“The Ultimate Stoner Movie”

Your Highness Movie Poster

Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights, rescuing fair damsels, slaying dragons and conquering evil villains. Behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world ::::

 

Your Hghness - The Ultimate Stoner MovieWhen Prince Fabious’s bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.

Chris Tookey from dailymail.co.uk wrote “Sinking to depths of even ghastlier tastelessness, Your Highness is a benighted spoof of sword and sorcery films” Tookey viewed You Highness with the hope of another Princess Bride. Ahh, just a couple of decades too late, move along!

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone wrote “The way-overqualified cast looks ready to party. But the script just lies there, throwing in dirty words and a Minotaur’s hard-on in place of bawdy wit or a scrap of originality

Why do creative comic minds feed on leftovers?

Because familiarity breeds box office. If the signpost up ahead reads Big Momma’s House 4, we’ve only ourselves to blame.

ON THE UPSIDE! Empire wrote, “A decent, affectionate, fitfully funny take on the fantasy genre, but this could have been so much more. For fans of this sort of comedy only”

Your Highness is the long-gestating brainchild of David Gordon Green and frequent partner-in-crime Danny McBride, who’s perfectly at home as the sullen, sulky Thadeous, a man who would rather be smoking dope than being best man at his loving brother’s wedding. James Franco as the favoured son again demonstrates his considerable comic skills, while Natalie Portman shows up as a tight leather-wearing warrior woman out for revenge, and Justin Theroux makes an impression as the dastardly, socially awkward Leezar.

CREDITS

Director: David Gordon Green

Writers: Ben WestDanny Mcbride

Cast:

Danny McbrideJames FrancoRasmus Hardiker

Natalie PortmanToby JonesJustin Theroux

Zooey Deschanel

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Filming began in the summer of 2009 in Northern Ireland and concluded in October 2009.

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IN REVIEW

Richard Corliss from Time Magazine said “That’s why I feel a kind of head-swiveling awe in Your Highness‘s concentration of aimless inanity, in the purity of its devotion to its own louche principles. Like members of some post-Dadaist collective, the filmmakers have dedicated themselves to memorializing every first, wrong impulse that popped into their heads, while ruthlessly excising any vestige of wit or narrative niceties as being too linear, dude

Your Highness received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds an overall approval rating of 26% based on 159 reviews and 10% among 29 “Top Critics”. David Edelstein of the New York Magazine gave one of the few favorable reviews, describing the film as “a cunning weave of low and high”. Richard Roeper awarded the film a “C+” and although admitted some parts were humorous, criticized the action sequences and special effects. Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com was more negative, noting that “For a few hours after having seen Your Highness, I considered the possibility that it was the worst movie ever made.” Both Roger Ebert and Peter Travers gave the film one star out of four; Ebert likened the film to a “juvenile excrescence” while Travers concluded “Nothing works. Nothing.” Mary Pols of Time magazine named it one of the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2011.

PLOT

Thadeous and Fabious (Danny McBride and James Franco) are sons of King Tallious (Charles Dance). They are warriors: Fabious is dashing and skilled and Thadeous is lazy and ineffectual. While celebrating his latest victory over the evil sorcerer who has been ravaging Tallious’s kingdom, Leezar (Justin Theroux), Fabious introduces the virgin Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) he freed from a tower and wishes to marry her. Though he is made the best man, Thadeous skips the wedding after overhearing Fabious’s Elite Knights, led by Boremont (Damian Lewis), talk about him negatively. But the wedding is then crashed by Leezar, revealing himself to be the one who placed Belladona in the tower before spiriting her away. Returning to the castle with his servant Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker), Thadeous is forced into joining Fabious on his quest to rescue Belladonna.

Visiting the Great Wise Wizard, Thadeous and Fabious learn that Leezar is attempting to fulfill a prophecy of a warlock having sex with a maiden when the two moons converge, impregnating her with a dragon that will allow him to take over King Tallious’ kingdom. To destroy Leezar, they are given a magic compass that would lead them to the Sword of Unicorn, located within a labyrinth. On the way there, they learn Fabious’s slave, Julie (Toby Jones) has been reporting to Leezar of their progress, and Elite Knights are serving the warlock. After his brother sends his mechanical bird Simon to tell the king of the Elite Knights’ betrayal and request reinforcements, Thadeous, Fabious and Courtney are captured by nymphs under their leader, Marteetee (John Fricker), who imprisons them at an arena where Fabious kills off Marteetee’s finest warrior. In retaliation, Marteetee summons his hydra-like familiar to kill them.

Thadeous and Fabious are rescued by Isabel (Natalie Portman), a warrior seeking revenge for her father’s murder at Marteetee’s hands. Later that night, Thadeous learns that Isabel is also after Leezar for the slaughter of her brothers. The next day, the party learn too late that Isabel stole the compass from Thadeous. Fabious decides to find the Sword of Unicorn alone as Thadeous and Courtney go to a tavern, where they find Isabel and steal the compass back. But finding that his brother has been captured by Leezar’s men, Thadeous wins Isabel over as they join forces, entering the labyrinth where they encounter a minotaur. Getting separated from the others, Thadeous retrieves the Blade of Unicorn and slays the minotaur. Thadeous and his group make their way to Leezar’s castle and free Fabious while giving him the Sword of Unicorn. As the others kill off Julie and Boremont’s men along with Leezar’s mothers, Fabious uses the Blade of Unicorn to end Leezar’s life before he rapes Belladonna, saving the kingdom.

After their victory, Isabel goes on another quest, and the heroes return home. Fabious and Belladonna marry. Thadeous is approached by Isabel, who reveals that she has fallen in love with him. However, for them to have sex, he must first slay the witch that cast a spell on her, locking her in a chastity belt. Though he is not in the mood to go out, Isabel’s suggestion convinces him to go on a new adventure.

RELATED:

Time Magazine Review by Richard Corliss

Rolling Stone Magazine Review by Peter Travers

Empire Review by Sam Toy

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