Your Highness has a scene where characters get high around a Yoda inspired character that supposedly molested James Franco as a child. I immediately thought – you have to be high to laugh at this garbage. Either that, or be at an age where you wouldn’t be allowed in to an R rated movie (and this is a hardcore R).
I just can’t imagine how this script made its way into Oscar nominees Franco and Oscar winner Natalie Portman – and they said “Yes, we have to do this picture.”
I understand Franco did Pineapple Express with Danny McBride, but still. Pineapple Express was also directed by someone McBride often works with, David Gordon Green, who directed this (I loved his dark Snow Angels from 2007).
Now Zooey Deschanel, who gets to sing, has done her share of bad films. And when she’s not making movies, she’s touring as part of She and Him. I can give her a pass.
McBride, who co-wrote this script, can be funny on screen. His one scene in Due Date was hysterical. He was good in Topic Thunder and Pineapple Express (a disappointing comedy).
I’ve wanted to like Eastbound and Down, but it’s just not that funny; being pudgy, with a mullet and weird expression on your face can only illicit so many laughs. You need humorous material to go with that.
Simply going into Medieval times using modern language (i.e. the f-word), can work for 10 minutes, not two hours.
It can be fun to watch Franco acting goofy, as the successful and appropriately named Fabious; and watching McBride pout as the brother that’s the black sheep of the family (who gets high and chases sheep). Again, this gets old quick when you don’t have strong material.
If you’re a teenager that loves Dungeons & Dragons and silly comedies – perhaps you should give the movie a shot. Everyone else should avoid it.
I’m giving it an F.