I was really excited for this movie. While Pineapple Express had a lot of problems, I still thought it was pretty damn funny, and I usually like whatever Danny McBride or James Franco are in. (I said usually… I’m fully aware that James Franco was in both Eat, Pray, Love and Spider-Man 3, both of which suck all of the balls.) And Natalie Portman is gorgeous, even if she isn’t always in the best of movies…
Your Highness is the Pineapple Express team’s take on the swords and sorcery fantasy epic… and it blows. That’s not to say that it has no funny moments, but it misses way more often than it hits… and in a comedy, that sucks.
This is the kind of comedy that will go ten to fifteen minutes without making you laugh once. Hell, it’ll go ten to fifteen minutes without even attempting a joke. I know this is another entry into the “stoner comedy” genre, but that’s no excuse for terrible comedy. Is it supposed to be ironic that these guys were making a comedy but were too stoned to make it good? Because that’s bullshit… Pineapple Express was really ONLY about pot, and that movie was still funny.
I think a big part of the problem is Danny McBride. I love some of the roles he’s had, but they’ve all been supporting characters. He doesn’t have what it takes to be a lead. He’s just not charming enough (unlike Seth Rogen, who is basically a teddy bear)
Don’t you just want to hug him?
A lot of the jokes are gross for the sake of being gross. I still like the occassional gross out joke, but this flick takes it too far. The first time you see minotaur penis might make you laugh. Maybe even the second. But by the 10th time, it’s just not funny anymore.
The other big problem is the idea that it’s funny just to see these medieval characters say naughty words. It’s really not, and that’s 90% of the jokes right there. Having a character say “shit” is not a joke.
One of the big selling points of the trailer is the shot of Natalie Portman in a thong. Well I hope you enjoyed it in the trailer, because the film adds nothing to that scene. The trailer shows that short bit in its entirety, and it doesn’t cost 10 bucks to see.
Final Verdict: This movie just… kind of sucks. It’s not funny, not really enjoyable in any way, and damnit, I wanted to see more of Natalie Portman in a thong! Is that so much to ask?