Movie Review: Your Highness

by Eric Melin on April 8, 2011

in Video Reviews

Here’s my review of “Your Highness” from KTKA-49.

It’s difficult to explain the level of disappointment I felt after watching “Your Highness,” a lazy medieval comedy starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman.

In an interview from last year, director David Gordon Green said: “I haven’t pulled the script out in more than four weeks. It’s all just improvised.”

That explains a lot actually. I’m all for improvisation—it works great for Christopher Guest’s comedies like “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman.” This cast and director simply aren’t up to the task.

“Your Highness” is supposed to be a send-up of 70s fantasy films, but all it really does is recycle a bunch of crude jokes so obvious and unfunny even Cheech and Chong would have thrown them out.

Before you dismiss out of hand the supposedly high-minded comments of a film critic, consider this: In my opinion, comedies like “Animal House,” “This is Spinal Tap,” and “Airplane!” are classics.

“Your Highness” belongs at the absolute opposite end of the spectrum.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Xavier April 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Is Natalie Portman trying to pull a Halle Berry and sink her career immediately after winning the academy award for best actress. I know you kind of liked no strings attached but following up Black Swan with an Ashton Kutcher rom com, then a bad spoof movie and what looks to be a pretty terrible superhero flick in thor could just be what it takes to ensure any roles as good as black swan no longer come her way.


2 Mike April 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Where did you get the idea that this was a send-up of 70′s fantasy movies? I can’t think of any examples that would go along with that idea?

High-minded or not, it sounds like you went in the theatre expecting to dislike this movie… Such expectations are rarely disappointed.


3 Eric Melin April 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Xavier- Its funny in what order films come out. I don’t think she filmed them in that order, but I’d be interested to find out for sure. She isn’t really at fault in “Your Highness,” she serves her purpose well. And, technically, the movie looks like s good idea on paper: talented cast, director, etc. …

Regardless of what Mike says above …

Mike – I DIDN’T expect to hate it. I had 4 films to choose from last week and only had time for one screening. I chose this because I love David Gordon Green.

As far as your other comment goes, I read it in interviews with McBride and Green.


4 Xavier April 11, 2011 at 4:05 am

yeah not really sure what order they were filmed in but that’s where my mind has gone after seeing her upcoming movies, that its just like halle berry, I don’t know when she filmed catwoman either in relation to monster’s ball but it sure sunk her career pretty well


5 Jim April 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

She actually looked like the best thing about the film because it appears that she was playing it straight within that time period making it more funny.

I know McBride and Franco aren’t set back in time, but I get that 80s cheesy feeling even though I know their not.


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