Created on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00
Written by Samantha See
Franco and Portman fans who are counting on the stars to enjoy their latest film, 'Your Highness' will be much more than disappointed.
Directed by David Gorden Green and co-written by Danny McBride, 'Your Highness' is the latest medieval slapstick production this year. The princes in question are complete opposites: Fabious (James Franco) as the noble suave heir and Thadeous (Danny McBride) as the dumb loser who prefers "magical" herbs and chasing sheep over dragons. The brothers have their differences but get united in their quest to rescue Fabious's beloved fiancee Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the wizard-villain Leezar (Justin Theroux) – who incredulously plans to lay with the lady during the lunar eclipse to produce a dragon.
The boring, predictable plot aside, people (like us) who are looking forward to the performances of recent Oscar nominee and winner, Franco and Portman would be sorely disappointed. Natalie Portman plays no significance in her role as an acrobatic tough maiden and Thadeous's love interest – except for an eye-opening bathing scene by a mountain stream. Franco, equally disappointing, comes across as way too soft and sappy. The rest of the cast are hardly utilised. Crude references to gays and sex that may at first come across as funny for a rare minority would also have most in the right mind tire of them quickly.
On the other hand, the saving graces include great CGI, the gorgeous backdrop of a mountainous Northern Irish and the score by Steve Jablonsky (Transformers).
Still, 'Your Highness' requires audiences with high tolerance for vulgarities and an over-sappy Franco – advisable strictly for hardcore slapstick fans. This might even be a strain for McBride's fans… needless to say, it would be a total torture for Franco and Portman fans.
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