If I weren’t the open-minded, light-hearted individual that I am, Your Highness would have left me offended, unamused, and bored. Thankfully, I find vulgarity hilarious. This movie was jam-packed with it, too. Foul language, blood and guts, and naked women. Lots of them. If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time then you should probably stop reading here because it is only going to get worse.
James Franco plays Fabious, brother of Thadeous played by Danny McBride. Thadeous is the Goofus to Fabious’s Gallant. Charles Dance plays their father King Tallious. Tallious wants his slacker son Thadeous to get on the ball and start setting out on quests like his brother. However, Thadeous is perfectly happy to lounge around and hang out with his servant Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker).
Upon arriving home from yet another quest, Fabious tells his father of his great news. He has not only come home victorious once again, but this time he has with him his bride-to-be Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel). He rescued her from the tower in which the evil Leezar was keeping her and now they are to wed. But what of his best man? His brother of course. Only, his brother wants nothing to do with the job and bails.
There is something about the way Danny McBride delivers expletives that makes him the comedic relief in any film. Up in the Air has got to be the only film in which I’ve seen him where he doesn’t drop a variety of four-letter words on us. Yet, he was still very funny! Some actors just have that. His fondness for the female anatomy is unparalleled. He’s really something.
At the wedding of Fabious and Belladonna, Leezar (Justin Theroux) crashes the event and claims his prisoner once again. This brings about the first quest that Thadeous will set out on. The laugh out loud moments are plentiful if you’re willing to overlook the obvious and abundant vulgarity.
Later in the movie we meet Isabel played by Natalie Portman. I am thoroughly convinced that you could put her in a burlap sack, remove every drop of makeup from her face, and she would still be phenomenally gorgeous. She is what I like to call unfairly pretty. It’s as though she took the pretty from 100 girls. There are one hundred homely girls out there because Natalie Portman took all of their beauty and kept it for herself. This is me trying to rationalize. Seriously though, she is quite fetching indeed and a fantastic talent. She holds her own on-screen with the guys and exhibits tremendous comedic timing.
This movie was directed by David Gordon Green. The same man who directed the boring and mostly pointless Pineapple Express. To quote Dumb and Dumber, “Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”