‘Your Highness’ a funny medieval farce

 

By APRIL GEORGE

aztecpress@pima.edu

Looking for a movie to tickle your funny bone? Add “Your Highness” to your list of must-see films. The dark adult comedy, from the creators of “Pineapple Express,” will have you laughing from the opening scene all the way through the end.

The film tells the story of Thadeous (Danny McBride), a prince of loose morals who is tired of constantly living in the shadow of his older brother Fabious (James Franco) but is too lazy to actually do anything about it.

 

When Fabious’ bride-to-be is kidnapped on their wedding day, Thadeous is given a choice: journey with his brother and rescue the fair maiden, or be banished from the kingdom.

Fabious and Thadeous travel far and wide to rescue Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux) and stop him from fulfilling a vile prophecy.

 

Along the way, the brothers encounter betrayal, fierce monsters and Isabel (Natalie Portman), a beautiful woman with her own hidden agenda.

I’ll be honest: the original reason I wanted to see this movie had less to do with the humor and a lot more to do with the fact that we get to see Portman in a thong. I was a bit apprehensive that I wouldn’t actually enjoy the film, but decided to give it a go.

I started laughing about two seconds in and didn’t stop until well after the credits finished rolling. The characters were highly exaggerated versions of typical medieval types (noble-to-a-fault knight, blushing fair maiden, evil wizard, etc), which made the story even funnier.

 

The only slightly realistic characters were Thadeous and Isabel. In Isabel’s case, I highly appreciated a female character who didn’t need constant saving.

The special effects leave nothing to be desired. A good majority of the film is done in CGI, but the effects team blended it almost seamlessly with the rest of the film.

 

The only scene in which I was highly disappointed was the Minotaur, which was too obviously computer-generated. The rest of the film was beautifully done.

“Your Highness” is rated R, and deals with adult content in a very humorous way. It’s certainly not for everyone. It is filled with crude and sexual humor, drug use, violence, nudity and strong, perverse language.

For anyone who is not easily offended and is looking for a good laugh, “Your Highness” is the perfect comedy film.

 

Grade: A-

 

James Franco and Danny McBride star in 'Your Highness'

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