YOUR HIGHNESS Review: Crude, Juvenile, Hilarious

YOUR HIGHNESS Review: Crude, Hilarious

Your Highness is crude, juvenile, over-the-top, and at times downright disgusting. And I loved every second of it.

You know already whether you think Danny McBride's brand of humor is funny. If you do, this is by far his funniest yet. There is not a dull moment in this film. While you're trying to catch your breath from the laughter, you move into some intense (which of course also turn out funny as well) action sequences. More than just jokes though, this movie is a love letter to the fantasy adventure movies that had their heyday in the 1980s.

When you go back and watch those films, it becomes quickly apparent that they are near-parodies of themselves. While modern audiences know of super-serious sequences and all-out wars in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this era produced the awesome ridiculousness of Labyrinth and saw Tom Cruise become a Legend against a bedeviling Tim Curry. What they did with Your Highness is took the over-the-top nature of those films and went one rung higher on the ladder.

As far as the plot goes, it's a simple and basic fantasy plot. Mad wizard (Justin Theroux) kidnaps a princess (Zooey Deschanel) and the princely brothers (Danny McBride and James Franco) have to go on a quest to save her. They're later joined by a mysterious female warrior (Natalie Portman) and have to face mythical creatures, perilous landscapes, and outlandish dialogue.

What's fun about the fantasy/adventure aspects of this movie is that the cast is clearly having fun with it. One typical line may be delivered by Franco, only to be overtly responded to by swearing and bluntness from McBride. Strange and dubious situations that in other movies would be ignored or only have implied vulgarities are instead spelled out and held up as the insane moments that they are.

Let this film be what it is: it's a love letter, it's McBride being ridiculous and funny, it's Franco being a lovable idiot, it's Natalie Portman being freaking hot and kicking ass (and getting her comedy jabs in a few times, too). Every time you think they've gone as far as they can go, they go one step further, and let you just keep laughing.

This isn't a movie that's going to make you feel more than basic happiness. It's not a movie that's going to make you think about life and how the world works. But Your Highness will make you laugh hysterically, and if you have nostalgia for those '80s classics, it'll make you smile a little extra. It's fun, it's ridiculous, it's quotable, and it's worth every minute.


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