Written by Pirata Hermosa
Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride) has always lived in the shadow of his older brother, Fabious (James Franco). Knowing that he will never be king, Thadeous has become a rogue, a drunkard, and an all-around obnoxious person. He spends his days carousing with his squire, Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker). The two end up getting into all sorts of trouble and end up embarrassing the royal family with their antics.
But when Fabious’ bride Belladonna (Zoey Deschanel) is captured by the evil wizard, Leezar (Justin Theroux) during the wedding ceremony, Thadeous is given a choice. He can either be banished from the kingdom or he can go on his first quest and prove himself worthy of the family name. Not wanting to lose his lavish lifestyle, he chooses the latter.
The three men find themselves on a quest through the kingdom to find the legendary Unicorn sword, the only weapon that can harm the wizard. In order to find the weapon they will have to escape the betrayal of their own guards, defeat a tribe of barbarians, fight a Hydra, and conquer a maze inhabited by an overly amorous Minotaur.
Your Highness had a great deal of potential. The medieval setting, castles, backgrounds, clothing, weapons, fantasy creatures, stunts, and special effects are on par with any big blockbuster film. The basic quest storyline is solid for this genre, and the cast consists of James Franco and Natalie Portman.
The problem is that the writers, Danny McBride and Ben Nest, can’t articulate what kind of film they want it to be. Is it a medieval epic journey or is it a comedy? With such a split personality, the movie attains neither one. In order for it to be a comedy it needs more than just dirty words and lots of sexual comments to make it funny. It needs to be more over the top. For a serious film it needs to stick to a more standard format and not throw in words and comments that not only jar you out of the experience but also weren’t even used during that time in history.
The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition Widescreen with a 2.40:1 ratio. The video is crystal clear and one of the better quality videos that you can find. With the great special effects and scenery (not to mention Natalie Portman in a thong), the film is a visual delight. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is also done very well. During some of the louder action scenes, the music does not distort or drown out the sounds of battle as some others do and during the scene in the arena you can distinctly hear the different members of the crowd surrounding you to give you that full immersion.