Sensible Fanboy calls David Gordon Green's YOUR HIGHNESS - Genius!!! Spoilers Abound, Be Wary!
Hey folks, Harry here with an extremely spoiler heavy review - that I actually edited back a bit, simply because I very much feel that the end of a film should not be spoiled. Sadly, it has for me, though it does make me happy to know it will end awesome.
Hi Harry, (insert inept platitudes here) Before seeing the weak Due Date last weekend, my friend was chatted up by a gnarly old crow in the lobby (nothing new), but this time she was offering tickets to see something new, something that wasn't out for a while, that I hadn't heard of, called "Your Highness". Danny McBride in a medieval action comedy? Sold. The Empire in High Wycombe has never been so kind to me (apart from seeing BTTF in a 400 seat screen and being the only person there). I've been waiting for the influx of reviews to come in on AICN, but have seen nothing for a few days now, so I thought I'm chime in and let you know what I thought - from your post in March, it sounded like you were pretty excited for it. You should be. Ignore any (correct) British spelling. SPOILERS ABOUND. Good son James Franco comes home to his loser brother (McBride) and father, the king, from yet another quest, with a virgin bride (Zooey Deschanel) - attempts to get married, only for evil wizard Justin Theroux to break up the ceremony and steal back Zooey. Brothers team up to go get her back before she can be impregnated under the eclipse of the two moons and sire a dragon baby. Yeah. Ridiculous. Genius. The basic premise isn't anything new, so it won't shock you to learn that... (DELETED THE ENTIRE ENDING OF THE MOVIE TO PROTECT ALL EVEN WITH SPOILER WARNINGS!!!) I don't want to go in to a huge amount of detail, because I hate that kind of thing, but the things that stand out as being absolutely worth the ticket price were; 1) Pædo-Yoda-jellyfish-thing making McBride and Franco get him off. 2) Erect minotaur cock. 3) Said minotaur cock hung around McBride's neck as a trophy. 4) Copious amount of boob during Portman's introduction (sadly not Portman's). 5) Justin Theroux as the evil wizard - channeling Oldman's sadistic Zorg, albeit with a confused smile on his face - it works - it's just over the top enough. 6) The best delivered one-liner given to an extra in a long time. 7) Zooey Deschanel growling "Fuck me!". etc) Lots of one-liners that I don't want to spoil, because one of them is now part of my common parlance, and a very small man with no penis. It reminded me of a lot of 80's adventure movies, mixed with the best of the more modern breed of comedies, and dare I say it, some Monty Python thrown in for good measure. A pretty good mix that didn't drag at all. All the effects were present and correct in this print (I know there were some previews earlier in the year with un-finished stuff), and very good they were too - but I don't know how close this is to the final thing - release it today and I don't think anyone would complain. There were a few things that didn't sit quite right - the obvious un-scripted scenes weren't brilliant - I prefer naturally written dialogue to McBride waffling - it works to a degree, and if you get on with Eastbound & Down and Pineapple Express, it won't faze you. The mechanical bird sidekick was redundant too, and served no purpose what so ever - it felt like an in-joke that no-one understood. Being a pedant, the credits at the start were heavy-handed - a voice-over on top of illustrated imagery of an escape from angry midgets - it didn't leave me wanting to see that bit again. If they can trim down a few of these things (and really, it's not a lot at all), and keep in the over the top gore/nudity/cock, I think it's going to be received VERY well on release next year. If you use this, call me "Sensible Fanboy".
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Nov. 13, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST
This review is exactly why you want a review from a plant. At least they are coherent, unlike this guy.
Nov. 13, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST
James Franco seems to be on a roll as of late...
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST
Franco's the best part of the movie, hands down. The mechanical bird is just utterly bizarre and doesn't fit. Funny movie, not nearly as good as Pineapple Express.
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST
I haven't read the review. I don't want spoilers. I hope there is alot of stop motion.
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST
Could be pretty funny, as I did enjoy Pineapple, but have to wait and see.
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST
to know I must see this. That is all.
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST
a nod to the original clash of the titans, or a host of other fantasies? it may not be funny, but how do you guys not get the reference?
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST
This movie got pushed back quite a few times, but its been on my radar... Gordon Green and McBride's collaborations are brilliant(especially when you throw in Ben Best), and it has two of the most adorable actresses in Hollywood starring in it. now excuse me, I have to run before BSB catches me and hits me with something.
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST
my original subject title was "<3 Zooey Deschanel," but apparently it got hexed out. thats what I get for being 21 fucking years old and using a typographical heart. what a douchebag I am.
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST
Where is the OBIT you misogynists.
Nov. 13, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST
I feel like I've been mentally beaten up by a review. I have no idea what half of that thing meant.
Nov. 13, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST
This might be a fun comedy.
Nov. 13, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST
Cuz I'm sure most of their jokes will rely on either jerking off, Fucking, Boobs, Dicks or smoking weed with cameos made by Jonah Hill or Kenneth Brand. God I love this new generation!
Nov. 13, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST
They only write the Obits for people they responded to as actors/actresses/etc, so why the fuck should they mention every actor/actress that dies? Shut the fuck up about it already. This is a geek site, not an obituary for fucks sake, you want sad goodbyes to everyone who dies in Hollywood, go the the entertainment tonight website and fuck off.
Nov. 13, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST
dont make the mistake of not giving it a talkback!
Nov. 13, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST
come on, spoil the ending. do it NOW.
Nov. 13, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST
It's a good thing we stupid fucking Americans were warned to ignore the English spelling on such words, otherwise I might have been totally lost trying to comprehend this elegantly written morsel of poetry; how blessed we all are. <br> <br> That plot synopsis paragraph would make Harry blush. <br> <br> Are we to understand that the Portman mentioned above is Natalie Portman? Usually, in a movie review when an actor or actresses' name is shortened to just the last name, it is because the actor's full name has been previously given, you know, so we know who the fuck the author is talking about! It usually helps. However, this review was written by someone using the "correct" spelling of certain words that we Americans have vulgarized by spelling them phonetically. How could we be expected to keep up anyways? Clearly this review is not meant for the majority of us, just those of us who insist on seeing an "over the top" amount of "cock." hmmmmmmmmmm.........
Nov. 13, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST
First of all, the post just written by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead is one of the best talkback posts (in response to a reader review) I've read in a while. Secondly, Zooey growling "fuck me" ...I...wow. It would paralyze me to hear that. It's almost too much of a good thing.
Nov. 13, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST
I'm surprised you could type all that what with that big bag of dicks you are choking on.
Nov. 13, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST
Whining about how unfair it is that the world won't cry with you. Right... Pussy.
Nov. 13, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST
Eastbound and Down.
Nov. 13, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST
Outrageous!!! It's a travesty!!!
Nov. 13, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST
by I Hate Movies
"Patience! For the Pedo it is time to eat as well!"
Nov. 13, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST
What the fuck are you talking about? Have you even SEEN First Knight?
Nov. 13, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST
An interviewer once asked what advice he'd give aspiring actors/filmmakers, and he said "I have no idea. Work at the Holiday Inn in Burbank, I guess." <p>On a different note, isn't David Gordon Green regarded as a near-savant genius? I've only seen two of his movies -- SNOW ANGELS and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS -- and neither struck me as ingenious. Hmmm...
Nov. 13, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2010, 1 a.m. CST
Sad indeed that none of the self-proclaimed geeks would know a mechanical bird reference even if it was jizzing oil in their faces.
Nov. 14, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST
by Rocco Curioso
That, all by itself, is reason enough for any red-blooded man to see this. ALL HAIL ZOOEY!<P>Added to which, it will make BSB a happy camper for all eternity. More power to him.
Nov. 14, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST
I'm all for director's growing and stretching as artists. But it's just weird to think that David Gordon Green made films like George Washington and All The Real Girls so he could get into the studio system to make Pineapple Express and Your Highness.
Nov. 14, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST
Zooey growling "Fuck me" = (500) Days of Masturbation.
Nov. 14, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST
Nov. 15, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST
Its the same studio they shot city of ember in. Apparently Danny McBride was sound as a pound. Franco not so much..
Nov. 15, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST
Ben Best (Clegg on Eastbound and Down as well as the co-creator) co-wrote the script with McBride. If this is anywhere close to being as funny and brilliant as Eastbound, I'll see it multiple times.
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