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David Gordon Green's crude, silly and dirty medieval fantasy adventure
spoof 'Your Highness' is hilarious and even charming. I'm not a big fan
of the overuse of toilet humour that has polluted most Hollywood films
today but here it works. The good mix of adult (pretty modern-day)
humour and the medieval look and language (I use this word loosely) is
itself something difficult to achieve. Moreover, and perhaps more
importantly, the movie has heart. 'Your Highness' pays tribute to many
of those old action adventure fantasy films that we have grown up
watching like 'Conan The Barbarian', 'The Dark Crystal', 'Lady Hawk'
etc. The costumes and sets are pretty cool and the special effects and
robotics are brilliant. The humour does appear forced at times but the
funny characters keep it going.
The actors doe a fine job with their obviously fake British accent (with the exception of Charles Dance and a few others). Danny McBride (who also co-wrote), James Franco and Justin Theroux are very good. This is perhaps Natalie Portman's funniest role to date and she does a decent job. Her role was also supposed to be sexy but that's something difficult to do when you're in a movie that has Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel shows a good dose of cleavage and here she is cast as the damsel in distress (something different for her). She doesn't have much screen time but manages to make the viewer stare at her and chuckle.
On the flip side, the pacing is uneven and there were some scenes could have easily been funnier. Anyway, the movie doesn't take itself seriously and its certainly not a bad suggestion for a Friday night or an indoor flick for a rainy day.
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Constantly overshadowed by the chivalrous actions of his brother Prince
Fabious, disgruntled scoundrel Thadeous vents his frustrations by
blundering simple assignments, indulging in too many spirits, and
berating his aide Courtney.
But when Fabious' new bride Belladonna is kidnapped by the evil sorcerer Leezar, Thadeous is forced to tag along on his very first quest.
Encountering wise wizards, ruthless jungle savages, and the fiercely driven warrior girl Isabel, Thadeous must learn to play the role of a valiant knight - and when Fabious is captured by Leezar, the bumbling prince might just become a hero...
wow, is this film bad. So bad, I can honestly say it's the worse film I have seen so far this year.
The makers seem to think that putting stoners and profanity into a medieval movie will bring in the laughs, they are horribly mistaken.
The cast, McBride et al, all do there best to save this, but they struggle with the regular fart jokes and and stoners jokes that have been used a thousand times before. But the honours go to Franco, who was so good in Pineapple Express, here he is just wasted as the 'hero'.
There are zero laughs in this, and it's just very painful to watch and the majority of the cast look bored.
No wonder Portman hides her face during her entrance....
They say that there is no such thing as a bad idea for a movie, just bad executions of ideas. I was open to the idea behind "Your Highness" - after all the spin on this sword and sorcery world - mixing stoner and frat boy humor into this pot is an original one. All I was asking that the movie be funny doing this. Sadly, the movie isn't that funny at all. Stoner and frat boy humor can be funny, but all this dumb humor has to be executed with some intelligence to work. But the filmmakers of this movie seem to be thinking at the level of a brain-dead adolescent. The movie thinks that simply spouting off curse words is hilarious, but it simply isn't. The actors do their best, but the low-level mentality of the entire enterprise ultimately sinks the movie. The best I can say for this failure is that it is seldom boring. Stupid and intelligence-insulting, yes. But not boring.
This movie was incredibly crude, immature, and stupid. However, it was also funny at times. I didn't find it nearly as bad as the critics, but I'm not quite ready to proclaim it a future cult classic. If you're easily offended, this is definitely the wrong movie for you. It's highly offensive, with a constant stream of vulgarities and crude, sexual humor. Interestingly, there's some pretty good special effects, sets, and award-winning actors. It's like someone decided to give millions of dollars to a bunch of stoners, to make their masterpiece. The resulting movie is no masterpiece, but it's certainly better than the critics made it out to be. If you're the kind of person who will laugh at anything, no matter how stupid it is, you'll probably like this movie. If you have actual standards and demand that movies be tactful and intelligent, you'll probably hate it.
It might be due to a lack of "experience" that I generally don't find
the "stoner" humor (the humor oriented to the drug consumers,
particularly the ones who smoke marijuana) very satisfactory. I didn't
dislike films such as Pineapple Express and Harold & Kumar Escape from
Guantanamo Bay, but I felt the fact that I was loosing an essential
part of the comedy while I was watching them...or the problem might be
the fact that they were designed to be watched on an altered state of
conscience, and that's the only way in which one can feel totally
satisfied with them. Anyway, the point is that I wasn't very interested
in watching Your Highness, even though I had some curiosity because I
had heard that it combined humor and heroic fantasy. Would it be a
spiritual successor of Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Or would it be
a light version of The Lord of the Rings filtered through a thick cloud
It's easy to note the effort made by co-screenwriters Danny McBride and Ben Best in Your Highness in order to combine such different genres with each other; however, I could constantly feel the touch of incompatible elements which "took me out" of the narrative due to their inescapable incongruence. So, when we start to get moderately interested in the heroic fantasy...it's suddenly interrupted by some anachronistic line of dialog which destroys the illusion and stops the flow of the narrative. In other occasions, I was occasionally laughing moderately with the "stoner" aspect and the contemporary jokes...until we suddenly go back to the heroic fantasy, derailing the humor and forcedly making us go back to the pseudo-medieval "reality" of the film. I suppose that some people might consider that contrast between styles part of the comedy, and they might find them funny. But it honestly didn't work very well to me, and I would have preferred something more exaggerated in both extremes, instead of this unstable combination of ingredients which shouldn't have been combined with each other.
Nevertheless, I can't deny that Your Highness occasionally made me laugh moderately, and that I liked the occasional satire to the clichés of heroic fantasy. And then, we also have the competent performances from McBride and James Franco in the leading roles, who both make the love/hate balance between their characters totally credible. The rest of the characters are quite uni-dimensional; for example, the villain never looks genuinely threatening, but just a minor obstacle destined to the failure. On the feminine side, Zooey Deschanel doesn't have too much to do, because she interprets the generic damsel in danger. And then we have the great Natalie Portman, who brings a predictably solid performance in her role, despite her character not being very well written.
So, Your Highness isn't an extra-official sequel of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, nor a psychedelic version of The Lord of the Rings, but a mediocre hybrid of two styles which shouldn't have been combined with each other. Nevertheless, Your Highness didn't bore me, and I had a moderately good time while I was watching it, so I can slightly recommend it despite not being a very good film.
I could find nothing I liked in this film. It was not funny or
interesting and at best, I was bored.
The cast should be ashamed of themselves, there are some good actors here who are surely above this.
Too often when films rely on improvised dialogue the result is an incoherent showcase of actors having a whale of a time while the audience are left alienated and disappointed at being left out of the joke and Your Highness is one of the worst offenders. I'm sure they had a great time making the film, but that doesn't make for an enjoyable viewing experience.
Though, having said that, this film would still have been awful with a script.
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I was in London when this film was released and my partner came to visit me. We decided between Your highness or Limitless, in retrospect we really should have waited a bit longer for Limitless. It cost £23 for the both of us as it was in Leicester square. There was 3 people in the cinema, the lights went dim, there was a promise that this film would be amazing. What was it? It was absolute vitriol from start to finish with the deepest pit of toilet humour I've had the misfortune to witness. Some people have said we are hypocrites, I love humour if it is good but it doesn't even fit into a decent storyline. There is no reason for hanging a penis from your neck, or making a small purple alien into a sicko pervert, or any of the other jokes that fell flat because the only thing they were actually good for was the advert. Kudos to the editor of that ad for making the film seem really funny because that was pretty much it with the same amount of storyline. Even Natalie Portman couldn't save it, nor Zooey Deschanel. Nor even Danny Mcbride. I spent half the film fiddling with Facebook on the phone and would have happily walked out half way through if my partner hadn't been sadistically enjoying it. It is probably man humour of the lowest, stalest pit of someones mind. It isn't satire, you can't call it black comedy, it is merely awful.
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watching this crap is wastage of time & nothing more
.even if you are bored as hell don't watch this movie.
watch wwe anytime this movie is worst of 2011 the story is gay & the cast is also bad plus i lost respect for Natalie Portman how could she start in this junk.
.. 2 hours of mind killing & boring story forced jokes & in the end Natalie port man shows whats inside her panties to a beard man..urrrh.
Hollywood is running out of stories the trailer even looked bad don't know why I've watched this.but i will warn you please do not watch this at any cost. & don't listen to the good reviews stay away from this.
my rating is 1/10 awful film
Only saw this movie a week ago, can't believe i missed it, it was Ruddy Hilarious. The critics are wrong and James Franco himself is wrong, this film doesn't suck, those green goblin movies suck, your highness is genius...its like what the lord of the rings should have been rather than that boring walking toward a volcano for hours on end. No seriously, its daft as a brush but a right good laugh and thats priceless. I've watched this film more times in a week than i will ever watch above mentioned epic films in a lifetime. Danny McBride and Franco are a good pairing just like they are in This is the End and Natalie Portman is dynamite. Ten out of Ten if you ask me. The only reason this film bombed is probably because folks didn't know about it, somehow i totally missed it.
Your Highness is a great movie with a fun spoof on fantasy adventure
films that brings great comedic performances from Danny McBride,Natalie
Portman,James Franco and Zooey Deschanel.I find this movie very
underrated,it wasn't very well reviewed and was a box office bomb,but
still go by my own opinion that this is a very enjoyable movie that was
a very fun mix of movies like Pineapple Express with effects and
characters like Lord of the Rings.The main cast members, who are all
American, really pulled off keeping an English accent for the whole
movie,I was really impressed by this and didn't think they would
manage.My favourite character is definitely Natalie Portman's,it was a
very different role for her, her character was funny and also a very
independent woman,also very attractive,as Natalie a Portman always is.I
would love to see a sequel to this movie but it is unlikely because of
how it did financially and critically,but it ended with such a good set
up for a sequel.It certainly isn't a perfect comedy,and it definitely
would have been better if they got Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
involved in some way, but Your Highness is still much better than
average and I would definitely recommend it to fans of movies like
Pineapple Express and Superbad.
When a spin to prince's wife is kidnapped on their wedding day,he sets out to save her with his lazy and careless younger brother.
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