Your Highness: Crude but Funny Medieval Comedy
Danny McBrideJames Franco...
Action & AdventureComedy
David Gordon Green
The actors play their parts dead-pan and watching those serious faces cursing at each other and arguing in over-the-top English accents while clad in medieval costumes somehow doesn’t lose its novelty. You get the feeling that Your Highness was an experiment in seeing just how much the filmmaker could get away with.
In addition to this, McBride’s character Thadeous is a hopeless sexist but his ignorance is presented in such a way that keeps the film light and funny as opposed to hideously offensive.
Acting-wise, some of the best parts of the film take place between Franco and McBride. While the main cast do a good job, the two brothers were given the most to work with seeing as how the film, at its core, is about their fractious relationship. The interaction between Franco’s over achieving, perfect, heroic Fabious and McBride’s immature, lazy, weed-smoking Thadeous provides the film’s heart.
However, Theroux’s villainous warlock Leezar steals the show. From his Blade Runner-inspired hairstyle to his eyeliner and awful teeth, he oozes this combination of smarminess, cockiness, self-entitlement and delusions of grandeur, making for a magnetic and highly entertaining villain.
This is an enjoyable film, but this reviewer found the memories of it upon finishing rather hazy, which is quite a feat considering the amount of weird stuff that takes place and considering just how beautifully shot the film is. The costumes are gorgeous, the stunts and sword fights are really well done and the special effects are rather impressive. Individually, there are a lot of things to like about the film but in the end, they just don’t all add up.