Your Highness is ready to watch or download online Director: David Gordon Green Release Date: April 2011 Writers: Danny McBride, Ben Best Run Time: 102 Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy Rating: R IMDB: Your Highness Tagline: This spring, prepare for their excellency. Review: Your Highness could have so easily become just another spoof along the […]
Your Highness is ready to watch or download online
- Director: David Gordon Green
- Release Date: April 2011
- Writers: Danny McBride, Ben Best
- Run Time: 102
- Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
- Rating: R
- IMDB: Your Highness
Tagline: This spring, prepare for their excellency.
Review: Your Highness could have so easily become just another spoof along the lines of Epic Movie or Meet the Spartans but surprisingly just as the action was treated seriously in Pineapple Express, the fantasy elements here are just as important as the comedy. The special effects and production design are very impressive and the film certainly looks epic using the country of Ireland as its backdrop. There are evil witches firing lightning all over the place, there are mechanical beasts right out of the original Clash of the Titans and there is a weird hand/pit/monster thing that is cool as hell. Its also mega gory, limbs are hacked off and there is plenty of blood. Of course there is silly humor, very silly. If you didnt get Greens last comedy you may struggle here although Your Highness is probably the better film.
This could well be the film that breaks Danny McBride into super stardom as he is the main star here. He delivers his lines in a pretty flawless English accent and the character is a classic spoiled loser who must learn to be a man. Just wait until you see the scene where he takes a trophy from a kill, its hilarious and gross. James Franco is being himself but also gets plenty of laughs jabbing away at the image of the handsome prince who writes poetry while also being handy with a sword. Portman is her usual brilliant self and for all her male fans there is a bathing scene that will get your temperature up. The main cast are supported by some more traditional thespian types. Toby Jones plays a creepy town crier type, Charles Dance is the king, Damian Lewis plays a treacherous knight and Justin Theroux nearly steals the whole thing as Leezar. Previously best known for smaller roles in David Lynch films and writing Tropic Thunder, Theroux is a comic revelation here delivering many of the films best lines with prosthetic teeth and a hideous wig. I laughed a lot and loudly and so did the packed audience.
The script is written by McBride with his frequent collaborator Ben Best and clearly they have a lot of affection for the 1980s fantasy movies they (and I) grew up with. Films like Krull, Clash of The Titans, Hawk the Slayer, Willow, Conan and Beastmaster are all wonderfully homaged and never poked fun at. It really could have died on its ass for being so ambitious but in the hands of a craftsman like David Gordon Green it works wonders.