Movie Review of ‘Your Highness’ with James Franco & Natalie Portman

by on April 8, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

'Your Highness' Danny McBride

Your Highness movie review: If you like your movie humor with blatant, sexually based humor with a lot of f-bombs, a big breasted nude tribe and such, with the usual comedic mode like someone wearing a knights armor and tripping over themselves, this movie is definitely for you.

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Your Highness is rated R for a reason and it’s not necessarily for the violent content… of which there’s enough of that, that kept me going.  Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Snow Angels) pretty much didn’t pull any punches and is not shy about what he shows on the screen.

But I digress a bit. The lights went out in the theater (the Redwood Century 21 movie complex) and the first three movie trailers were for romantic comedies and I started to panic, wondering who this movie was marketed at? But then I was fed some testosterone trailers with Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, Justin Lin’s Fast Five and J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Whew!

The movie opens with Thadeous (Danny McBride, who also co-wrote the screenplay) in a bit of woman trouble and the ensuing chase is delivered via a series of comic panels. Our first visual of a penis is delivered in this opening scene and it is just a precursor of what’s to come as we’re treated to panels of topless women and the such.

'Your Highness' James Franco promo art

Thadeous is Prince Thadeous, a wee bit of an underachiever, while his brother, Fabious (James Franco) is the kingdom’s hero with all the quests he goes on.

Basically, Fabious returns from a quest and brings with him a girl, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), he rescued and wants to marry right away. But before they can get married, the evil sorcerer, Leezar (Justin Theroux) kidnaps the girl back from Fabious, and the quest is on!

But much to Thadeous’s shock, their father, King Tallious (Charles Dance) forces him to go on this quest also.

'Your Highness' Natalie Portman promo art

From there, the trip is on. It’s during their travels when they’re in the middle of a bit of a bind that Isabel (Natalie Portman) shows up to save their butts.

There were some bits that were funny, there were many bits that were predictable and the action scenes, which were pretty good, were shot in extreme shaky-cam and that took away from them. (I can’t wait for the shaky-cam era to leave us.)

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'Your Highness' Natalie Portman and Danny McBride

Nearly all the vulgar references and such were all on Thadeous (McBride), some with Belladonna (Deschanel) and nearly everything out that was out of Leezar’s mouth. I think if this movie airs on TV, it’s either going to be one of the quietest movies to hit TV or they’ve got a serious amount of voice-over work to do.

Though I must say, the big event, the f**kening, was a funny phrase to hear at first.

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'Your Highness' director David Gordon Green

The movie itself went balls-out and pretty much didn’t pull punches in treading the territory it perused. Throughout the project, there were a lot of paying homage to various movies we’ve seen before through the years, from something a bit reminiscent of Thunderdome, a “character” that makes you think of the classic Clash of the Titans and other such movies.

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I have to be honest, a few people left during the movie but I was a dedicated fan to James Franco and Natalie Portman.

'Your Highness' with James Franco

Franco embraced the fun of this role and it was obvious. Portman was a total pleasure to watch as the smoking-hot battle seasoned butt-kicker.

Your Highness came out this weekend, and much later after 127 Hours and Black Swan, but upon review, per IMDb, filming for Your Highness took place before either movie. I looked that up because I could not fathom these two actors having taken this role after their other aforementioned films.

On the bright side, Franco’s and Portman’s roles were above the vulgar bits and they were fun to watch. It made me wish for a bit more of a serious film with these two in similar roles, but I doubt that will happen

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There were moments, but I found myself a bit bored throughout. Yet despite the distracting obvious humor & attempted humor, it had a cute and satisfying ending.

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So, if you like your sexual humor in both words and visuals, f-bombs interlacing many scenes and other such humor, you’ll love this movie.  Yes indeed.

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For Natalie Portman, her next movie out will be Marvel Entertainment’s Thor and we see she’s lined up a few producer projects that could see the light of day in 2014 and 2015.

For James Franco, he has a slate full of movies in the pipe: Oz: The Great and Powerful (as Oz); Lovelace (rumor); Rise of the Planet of the Apes; Maladies; The Broken Tower (In a role and screenplay writer, director and producer); and The Iceman. These movies are all in pre or post-production.

On the rumorville side of things, he has seven projects in the pipe in various states of development, from script, to optioned properties.

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