'Your Highness' Takes Critical Beating
Oscar-winner Natalie Portman and nominee James Franco are not receiving the same praise they got during awards season for their efforts in the new medieval comedy Your Highness, co-starring Danny McBride (who also co-wrote the script) and in theaters Friday.
"Your Highness aspires to such greatness but falls instead into a deep chasm of such comic lowness after less than five minutes that it’s unable to extricate itself," writes The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt. "Things get so bad you half expect a cameo by Nicolas Cage," he adds, saying he's also surprised producer Scott Stuber "assembled such a talented cast for such a feeble script."
"This medieval romp is a strange and sorry beast, a one-eyed monster so starved of mirth it devours its own tail," quips CNN's Tom Charity.
Roger Ebert was also not kind, writing, "Your Highness is a juvenile excrescence that feels like the work of 11-year-old boys in love with dungeons, dragons, warrior women, pot, boobs and four-letter words. One of the heroes even wears the penis of a minotaur on a string around his neck. I hate it when that happens."
"It's affable enough to never bore you, but not nearly funny enough to mean anything," says Moviefone. "Franco seems to be having the most fun, with an infuriatingly lazy approach, as if he's laughing at you for watching the film or Universal for paying for it."
Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the stoner film a C+, lamenting, "Real laughs without toking are, woe and alack, far scarcer than thisPineapple fan had hoped for in a screenplay from the estimable McBride (Eastbound & Down) and his pal/co-writer Ben Best." Though, she does commend Natalie Portman for being "fierce and funny as a babe warrior the brothers meet along the way."