A Midevil Quest Full of Heroism and Adventure....along with lots of sex and drugs too...mother f***er!
From the director that brought you "Pineapple Express", comes a comedy like no other. A medevil adventure full of heroism and adventure that'll surely entice anyone.... If that doesn't work, then it does offer several scenes with drug usage, nudity and sex! The good old American crap that we enjoy. All kidding aside, "Your Highness" is arguably the funniest fantasy film since "Princess Bride." Sure, it may not have the same level of innovative storytelling, and memorable scenes that "Princess Bride" has, but it's a helluva a lot more funnier. Seriously, when I first started watching this film, I couldn't stop laughing, as every scene is chalked full of one joke after another.
Although the jokes in "Your Highness" are lot more low brow than "Princess Bride." In fact, I would probably have to compare this film's humor to "Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers" if anything else, as it's one of the few comedies that isn't afraid to introduce adult humor into a medevil fantasy movie. If you get offended easily by sex, cursing and a lot nudity, then I'd probably avoid this one at all costs. Trust me, there's various scenes where not only women run around naked in this movie, but there's plenty of scenes with mythical creatures' penises being severed.
Like all traditional medevil fantasy movies, there's a handsome hero, a beautiful damsel in distress, an evil wizard, an epic journey, and a bunch of mythological creatures. Oh and there's a lot raunchy adult humor that pokes fun of it too. At times, "Your Highness" borders on the line of being parody of many fantasy based films, but it also manages to create a feel all it's own. Although, the film does tend to get sidetracked quite a bit with it's humor that causes the plot to almost become an afterthought, but it's still a lot of fun to watch.
As I said earlier, "Your Highness" has all the fixings of a traditional medevil fantasy. However, behind every great hero is a good for nothing younger brother who'd rather fornicate and smoke pot than doing anything that would be deemed noble. Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride) has always lived under the shadow of his heroic brother, Fabious (James Franco), who is known throughout the kingdom as a noble and chivalrous warrior. A great warrior who has defeated many mythological creatures that the evil Leezar (Justin Theroux) has released upon the land. However, nothing could prepare young Fabious for Leezar's latest scheme, as he vows to kidnap the fair Princess Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), and plans to impregnate her with his seed once the two moons align; thus having her give birth to a powerful dragon in which could potentially destroy all life as we know it.
Don't ask me to explain the logic of how two humans having sex would cause the woman to give birth to a dragon, but this is basically the plot of the movie. Anyway, to get back on topic here, Thadeous and Fabious are forced to embark on a journey to save the fair Princess. Along the way, they meet a noble but mysterious warrior named Isabel (Natalie Portman), who has her own beef with Leezar as well. Together they embark on an epic adventure to save the kingdom from Leezar's tyranny, and to keep him from raping the poor Princess. Will they make it in time? Or will they be too late? And if they are too late, will Fabious still love his fiancé knowing she's no longer a virgin? I can't really say without giving too much away, but the events that transpire are nothing but comical.
As I said earlier, the film's story does get sidetracked a lot within the context of it's own humor. But if you're a fan of the same type of comedy that you may find in any "Cheech and Chong" movie or "Pineapple Express", then you'll probably end up loving this movie as well. It won't offer you the greatest story out there, but it's definitely worth a few laughs if you're into this type of comedy where sexual innuendos and drug jokes are abundant.
As for the acting, I could probably give you a whole list of reasons on why the cast is funny, but the performance that stood out most to me was Danny McBride. When I first saw him in "Tropic Thunder" and "Superbad", I never viewed Danny as a leading actor type, as I didn't think he'd have the charisma to carry a starring role in any movie. However, in an era where the role of fat doped up slobs are becoming more popular in large part to guys like Zach Galifianakis and Jack Black, it seems Danny McBride may have found his niche into Hollywood mainstream. Don't get me wrong, Danny plays the part quite well, and he's certainly much more entertaining to watch than Zach Galifianakis.
In the end, I would have to give this movie a two and a half out of four. It's definitely worth a rental if you're into the type of comedy that the old "Cheech and Chong" films used to bring, or you just happen to be a fan of "Pineapple Express." However, if you don't like your comedies to involve a lot of sexually perverse humor, and light references to drugs, then I'd probably pass on this one altogether if I were you.