Your Highness

Legend tells of a fantasy film that would refine cinema viewing forever.

Wednesday, 20th April 2011, 3:58 pm

A slice of celluloid featuring the age of chivalry in which the mightiest of warriors, the noblest of princess and the comeliest of maidens would together overcome impossible odds and treacherous evil to bring truth, justice and peace to the land.

Your Highness is not that film, but it is possibly the funniest slice of fantasy nerd-em-up adventure to hit the screen since Krull or Hawk the Slayer and might even just be the ‘Best. Quest. Ever…’

Director David Gordon Green seems to still be in love with the joys of recreational drugs – following up with last ‘stoner action comedy’ Pineapple Express with what is a very similar format movie just set back in the mists of time.

Your Highness boasts such a bawdy, sex obsessed, frankly stupid script that is will either offend the moral pants off you or tickle every dubious funny bone in your body.

For maximum enjoyment you’ll need to disconnect or pickle your brain before viewing.

The screenwriters dredge the comedy barrel whilst spoofing the Lord of the Rings type fantasy films – think ‘Dude, Where’s My Sword?’ and you’ll have some idea of what to expect.

The plot, such as there is, sees co-writer Danny McBride starring as probably the worst prince ever, a lazy, cowardly fool who is forever in the shadow of his brave, dashing and altogether more heroic elder brother (James Franco).

The hunky highness returns from his latest victory with a new gorgeous fiancé (Zooey Deschanel) but before they can web she is kidnapped by evil warlock Leezar (Justin Theroux).

So the quest is set for the princes to seek the lost bride to be and together face perils such as a pervert ‘wise wizard puppet’, seduction by tribe of bare breasted woman, battling against all sorts of enemies including a mutant hand and a Minotaur along the way.

The quest is joined by the gorgeous and feisty female warrior (Natalie Portman) who wears the most iconic metal bikini since Princess Leia and who packs some mad fighting skills.

The laughs are a bit hit and miss but the cast go about the action with such conviction that it’s hard not to get caught up in the infectious stupidity. Copious fantasy references including Masters of the Universe, Clash of the Titans and Conan, certainly help make up for the weak pothead and bodily function jokes.

So saddle up, brave comedy fantasy seekers, and make your quest to view Your Highness…