Excerpt: "Get high and mighty with Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman in 'Your Highness' the epic and hilarious action-comedy from the director of Pineapple Express. Two royal princes—slacker Thadeous (McBride) and the noble Fabious (Franco)—join with an elusive warrior (Portman) on a quest to free a princess from an evil wizard.
Excerpt: Targeted filmmaking is all well and good; if you make a film for no one that's exactly who's going to see it. And there's no rule that says a targeted film can't appeal beyond its demographic, counterintuitively becoming universal by focusing as tightly as possible on a specific subject and in the process reminding everyone how they relate to it.
Excerpt: Remember Jim Henson? He was this great guy, sort of the ultimate puppeteer, his legacy living on through a plethora of ’80s classics. Well, Your Highness could care less, spoofing the iconic Henson in a sequence that should be considered a pit of embarrassment for James Franco, for Danny McBride it’s business as usual. The film is just foul, producing no sense of comedic timing, wit, or flair.
Excerpt: The Film It sounded like a comedy dream team. Danny McBride would take the lead and re-team with his Pineapple Express costar and "it" actor James Franco for yet another stoner comedy. Oscar winner Natalie Portman and indie cutie Zooey Deschanel would play love interests. What could go wrong? Try everything possible. Your Highness is a serious buzz kill. Franco is the good prince and McBride is his f-ed up brother. Deschanel is the singing (of course) damsel in distress.
Excerpt: Looking to capitalize on their success of Pineapple Express the director and stars reunite for Your Highness, a raunchy fantasy comedy. That may be the first time that’s been used to describe a film and, based on the resulting film
Excerpt: Given my love for cheesy '80s fantasy epics like Conan The Barbarian and Excalibur , I was excited to see how a stoner-comedy/fantasy-epic genre mash-up would work. The inclusion of James Franco ( Freaks and Geeks ) and Danny McBride ( Eastbound and Down ), along with David Gordon Green ( Undertow ) in the director's chair was enticing, considering their previous efforts together. Pineapple Express may have been flawed, but it was still a decent action/stoner-comedy.
Conclusion: Your Highness isn't Pineapple Express 2 . For some, that will come as good news; for others, it will be a disappointment. It's a genre parody through and through -- in this case '80s swords-n-sorcery fantasy flicks -- but, sadly, it sparks as often as it fizzles. Universal's Blu-ray release is far more impressive. Its video transfer stands strong, its DTS-HD Master Audio surround track storms the castle walls, and its supplemental package has enough gold to go around.
Conclusion: 'Your Highness' is an uneven, mostly unfunny, but still somehow entertaining blend of genres. It aims to be a light and dirty comedic love letter to 1980s fantasy flicks, and while not completely successful, its strengths just barely outweigh its flaws. The disc's video quality is good and its audio mix is great. Supplements are pretty standard, but thankfully entertaining. Though it's a shame the movie doesn't completely work, it's still worth a rental.
Excerpt: As it was with his last movie, Pineapple Express , director David Gordon Green is out to deliver an experience that defies categorization. Your Highness is an action film, a fantasy movie, and a comedy rolled into one. The only problem here is that though the script pulls it all off, on their own each of those levels is pretty two-dimensional and the story never manages to bring those things together on screen in the same moment.