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- Director: David Gordon Green
- Release Date: April 2011
- Run Time: 102
- Genre: Comedy
Tagline: Low Friends in High Places
James Franco (Fabious ) and Danny McBride (Thadeous) set out as two unlikely heroes in a heroic quest, of course, to save a damsel in distress who happens to be the heir to throne’s bride-to-be. But this isn’t just some flighty concern of two star-crossed lovers in an arcane version of today’s long distance relationship being dashed by crisis that forces the beau’s hand conveniently into marriage. Oh no! Not at all or anything of the sort. If Jimmy Franco, er, I mean (Fabious) doesn’t come through, the chick gets it, er- sorry, her soon-to-be-royal highness will be killed. And, if that is not enough, the kingdom of Fabious will be plunged into the Dark Ages (yet again).
So Fabious and Thadeous are set in motion to capture the hearts and minds of their people, in a La Mancha-esque kind of setting (Thadeous is a complete hack when it comes to knighthood and warfare and dungeons and dragons and – oh never mind, you get the idea). Lucky for them, Natalie Portman joins the mission of mercy, playing a warrior Zena stud-type with her own agenda. There are plenty of dark knights, dark nights, and cheeky scenes with Ms. Portman playing her role to the hilt as Isabel. Anyway, off they go to rescue the innocent maiden with the poisonous name, Belladonna, played well enough by the lovely Zooey Deschanel.
I was chuckling throughout the film as gimmick after gimmick unfolded. Wondering how this film was ever funded with the high-price tag for Portman and Franco in the leads. It flashed me back to “First Knight” with Richard Gere which came out before “Braveheart” solved the problem of open-field battle scenes with CGI. Not that I am giving anything away here about open-filed battles in “Your Highness”, I’m just saying, the situations and the unrequited love and the haplessness of characters who aren’t the fabulous Fabious or a Zena stud-type left me chuckling over this fantasy period piece about knights in white satin never reaching the end. Oh wait, did I just give away the ending? (Gotcha!)