By: Oberst von Berauscht (Three Beers) –
Prince Fabious (James Franco) seems destined for glory in the Kingdom, and his brother Prince Thaddeus (Danny McBride) is envious. As a result, he cares mostly for his own personal comfort and has become lazy. When the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux) steals Fabious’ bride, the King charges Thaddeus to prove he is a man by following Fabious on the quest to save her. It is a tale of swords, of sorcery, and of high adventure…
The trailers to this movie were terrible and unfunny. Thankfully, the humor is so R-rated that they couldn’t put it in the trailers. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film, and will gladly re-watch it. The movie is full of barbs aimed directly at cheesy fantasy films; particularly low budget ones from the 80’s.
Your personal enjoyment of this movie depends solely on how versed you are in b-grade fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons style filmmaking. I happen to have seen many of them, as they are so easy to make fun of on drunken nights with friends. But if you’ve not heard of Deathstalker, or have only a vague memory of Beastmaster, or find Highlander and Krull to be too stupid to watch, you might as well skip this one.
Does this look awesome?… If yes, then Your Highness might be for you
Where the movie excels is in taking a premise that most fantasy geeks would be expecting to see and fill it full of dirty antics, scantily clad women, drug references, and the all so popular dick jokes. Never let it be said that this movie is highbrow entertainment, but I found the jokes to be original, inventive, and (most important) outrageously funny.
Even though the movie does have some very good laughs, at times the movie becomes deluged by its own ambition. Much like other films in the fantasy genre, the filmmakers clearly had too many ideas for one movie. Since this is also a comedy, pacing becomes that much more important to hold the audience’s interest. So while some of the set pieces work very well, (such as the Labyrinth sequence with the Minotaur) others (the scene where Fabious’ knights betray him, and the bar fight scene with Thaddeus) become muddled too much in exposition and fail to satisfy equally. That said, any film with a sexually deviant Yoda character is worth looking at.
Please don’t leave me alone with him… again
One more beer is necessary to overcome the terrible CGI effects that permeate many sequences of the film. They are made all that more noticeable as they often sit right beside practical effects, like bodysuits and puppets. Since the film’s purpose is to parody old school fantasy films, I would have liked to see some stop-motion Ray Harryhausen style effects, or 80’s lightning. The CGI makes the film appear like its trying to look modern, and this isn’t a film that benefits from modern elements. I’ve never been a fan of overuse of CGI effects, and I feel this is a missed opportunity to retreat to the classic, more inventive film style.
Knighted, but somewhat reluctantly
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time Fabious’s bird appears
Take a Drink: every time Danny McBride smokes his pipe
Down a Shot: for every time the F-Word is creatively modified (see: the fuckening)