15 – 102mins – Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy – 13th April 2011

Now let me see if I can think of some appropriate words that would aptly sum up this movie (apart from ‘it’s a comedy’) to those who know nothing about it… lude, rude, a bit of nude and most definitely crude! And yet there is something about it that will keep you watching right until the very end.

Brought to us by the guys behind Pineapple Express, Your Highness follows two brothers Thadeous (Danny McBride) and Fabious (James Franco) with their trusty man slave Courtney on a quest to save therecently rescued princess (Zooey Deschanel) who has been re-kidnapped by the evil warlock Leezar (Justin Theroux). Yup there are quite a lot of famous faces in this aren’t there but that’s not always the sign of a good movie.

McBride makes the character his own as a fumbling stoner of a man who would rather be at home in the castle than out questing with his much loved brother- something that makes him rather jealous. It was also good to see Natalie Portman (think I could just stop that sentence now… but I won’t) in a different light as a comic actress where she put in an impressive performance as well.

I got the feeling that this movie may have been written by some 14 year old boys, not because the script was poor but just that the content was rather vulgar and filled with just a few (hundred) testosterone induced sexual references. Quite ironic really considering its ideal viewer, the 14 year old testosterone induced male teenager cannot even watch it due to the 15 rating. Oops! But it was not all about the ,ahem, clever and subtly worded jokes because the gore and blood also took centre stage during several parts of the movie. Impressive it was too with a good fight scene involving a 5 headed monster.

I really must emphasise the ‘cringeworthyness’ at some of the scenes and things that were being said where a cushion to hide behind to shield you from it may have been warranted. In the same respects though this is more of less what I expected from this movie that also gave me many laughs from beginning to end. It even reminded me in parts of Lord
Of The Rings with the panoramic shots over the hills accompanied by dramatic music and similar characters, if you have a bit of an imagination that is.

I think you have to be in a certain frame of mind/have a certain kind of mind to fully appreciate this movie and luckily for me I was/do. It gets you laughing, cringing and there is a decent story in there well backed up with good CGI and music.  It’s better than it’s directors predecessor, Pineapple Express but probably not one for those who are easily offended.

Rating: 6.9/10

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