Director David Gordon Green had mixed the genres like comedy and action in his previous film Pineapple Express and was successful in winning the heart of movie buffs. Following the trend, he has done another movie called Your Highness, which has also equal share for both lewd up comedy and blood-drenched action. But in Pineapple Express, the jokes match with the story and the characters are likable. Whereas in Your Highness, there is not much to like about the characters.
Your Highness is an epic- comedy adventure set in a fantasy world. The story of the movie is quite messy and lacks comprehensive narrative. The story revolves around two princes, who set out on a daring mission to rescue the heir apparent's fiance before their kingdom is destroyed. The one-liners are hilarious in the first half of the film, but in the second half, many situations are annoying and predictable.
Danny McBride and Ben Best have penned script for Your Highness, which obviously has some funny moments. But many comedy scenes look like childish humor, which will not have long-lasting power. In many scenes, the jokes seem to be lazy and laughter arises from the adolescent punchline or a tweak on old English and the sheer absurdity of the characters.
Fabious (James Franco) and Thadeous (Danny McBride) are two very different sons of King Tallious (Charles Dance). Fabious is the stereotypical dashing prince, while Thadeous (McBride) is a chubby and lazy one. Fabious' fiance Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) is kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux). How the brothers rescue her from the clutches of Leezar will form the story.
David Gordon Green's casting is solid in general and the chemistry between characters is impressive. But most of the characters will not become closer to viewers' heart and will be forgotten the moment they are off screen. The dynamic camerawork, special effects and production design are very impressive and the film certainly looks epic-like using the country of Ireland as its backdrop. The movie has lots of entertaining moments, but it can be enjoyed once and forgotten.
Producer: Scott Stuber, Jon Mone, Danny McBride, Mark Huffam and Andrew Z Davis
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Toby Jones, Charles Dance Damian Lewis
Music: Steve Jablonsky