Director: David Gordon Green, Universal Pictures, Rated MA, 102 Mins
The latest release from director David Gordon Green is supposedly a send-up about mediaeval knights and wizards but is characterised by a storyline that is full of toilet humour, sexual overtones and an extensive use of modern expletives.
The story is set in medieval England and is centred on two princely brothers, the fat but insecure Thadeous (Danny McBride) and the courageous warrior Fabious (James Franco)–both of whom appeared in Green’s earlier comedy piece Pineapple Express.
Fabious has just returned to the kingdom after saving his future wife Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel - 500 Days of Summer) from an evil wizard called Leezar (Justin Theroux) who has three mystical mothers.
But on their wedding day Leezar kidnaps Belladonna with the help of his mothers and his wizardry, taking her back to his castle for the sole purpose of deflowering her.
King Tallious (Charles Dance) then calls on his sons (Thadeous and Fabious) to go on a quest to rescue Fabious’s “damsel in distress”.
Accompanied by Thadeous’s loyal servant Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker) the trio’s success depends on getting hold of a unicorn sword, the directions for which are provided by a wicked wizard creature in a somewhat distasteful scene.
They are soon joined in their quest by the beautiful warrior Isabel (Black Swan’s Natalie Portman) who is also seeking her family’s vengeance against Leezar.
Green may have intended ‘Your Highness’ to be a comedic caricature of medieval knights and wizards but his tongue in cheek approach to a number of scenes can easily be seen to be quite disgusting especially relating to the sex-crazed minotaur whose male appendage (tackle) is hung around Thadeous’s neck after vanquishing the beast.
It is also surprising to see the talents of Franco and Portman wasted in such a movie - though Portman is by far the star performer in her action-oriented role as the avenging warrior.
As such Your Highness will not appeal to everyone’s taste.
VIC'S VERDICT: 1 ½ Rubber Stamp
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