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.