Your Highness (2011): ***
Directed by David Gordon Green
Your Highness is a comedy. It made me laugh. There ya go! Mission
accomplished. Anybody looking for anything more out of this movie will
be incredibly disappointed. It is not really a good movie at all. But
I found it thoroughly enjoyable and funny.
Some things I really enjoyed:
The horrible, horrible, fake British accents, particularly James Franco’s,
were an added source of comedy in almost every scene. Especially contrasted
with the actual British actors and Natalie Portman’s perfectly serviceable
Zooey Deschanel as the princess in distress puts a really fun spin on
her character. She’d been raised her whole life in an isolated tower
(like princesses so often are), so when she gets out into the world she
has no concept of social norms. Watch her try to eat. Or dance. Very funny
A villainous wizard/chieftain controls a giant hand-shaped monster by
dipping his own hand in a cauldron full of mustard.
All the shtick with the mechanical bird. A great parody of Clash of the
How completely ineffectual the villain is when it comes to knowing how
to de-flower a virgin.
And so on.
Y’know, the movies that Your Highness reminded me most
of is Cabin Boy. They’re both weird, anachronistic epics
about a horribly unsympathetic main character with weird, juvenile humor
and a complete disregard for anything resembling good movie-making techniques.
And I dearly adore Cabin Boy. Your Highness is not nearly
as good (or as creatively weird) as Cabin Boy, but it is funny.
It’s kinda like a cross between Cabin Boy and Monty
Python’s Holy Grail.
There’s really not much more to say about the movie other than
listing other things that I thought were funny, because that’s really
all the movie was; a bunch of things that I thought were funny. I know
that Your Highness is not going to be everybody’s cup of
tea. It’s extremely juvenile and, let’s face it, pretty durned
stupid. But it’s a comedy that consistently made me laugh. There