‘Your Highness’ Trailer, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
By Kevin Crossman

The first look at Danny McBride and James Franco’s medieval comedy Your Highness was released today. And it’s a red-band trailer to boot. Before I extoll the virtues of David Gordon Green’s reteaming with two of Pineapple Express‘ stars, watch the trailer now:

This is the first time we’ve seen footage of this film, and this trailer hits all the right notes. In fact, there are so many things it gets right.

1. Danny McBride with an English accent

Danny McBride

Danny McBride

Seriously, I never thought I’d ever hear the man doing anything than his signature Southern drawl. But the English accents work great, in the same way that the lack of German accents truly hurt Tom Cruise in Valkrie. It’s a period film (well, of a sort), so we expect people to speak like they did in the olden days. Even better, McBride’s accent sounds pretty good (the same can’t be said for James Franco, however).

2. Natalie Portman Kicks Ass

I truly hope this film doesn’t derail Portman’s Oscar chances in the same way that Norbit likely cost Eddie Murphy an Oscar for Dreamgirls. This is the first role in recent memory that gives Portman a chance to be sexy and funny (Attack of the Clones doesn’t count - that was unintentionally funny). And she clearly seems to be driving the action more so than clumsy McBride or fey Franco.

Justin Theroux in Your Highness

Justin Theroux in Your Highness

3. Great Looking Special Effects

Not just the creatures and the lightning and magic, but also the great mane on Justin Theroux’s head! Who wouldn’t want to be a wizard after seeing that dude? The pot-smoking muppet looks pretty great as well.

4. Not too much modern sensibility

I liked the mix of historical and modern vernacular in Year One, and Your Highness certainly has a bit of that. And, if kept in moderation, it might play just funny enough without being too ridiculous. Of course, the filmmakers have said they were influenced by 1980’s fantasy films like Conan the Barbarian that also had a few lines that sounded quite modern (”You didn’t even bring a rope!”).

5. Natalie Portman in a Thong

What? Like you weren’t thinking the same thing!

I would say I wish the trailer gave¬†Zooey Deschanel a bit more to do. But that’s a very, very small gripe.

After seeing this trailer, I’m sorry Mr. Rogen. Your Pineapple Express buddies have lept ahead of you for most highly anticipated action-comedy of 2011. This is surely feeling like Danny McBride’s “finally a movie star” moment. Your Highness arrives in theatres in April 2011.

6 Responses to “‘Your Highness’ Trailer, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways”

  1. Rick

    Just hearing DMcB’s British accent is hilarious. Wow, this is going to be amazing.

    #5829
  2. tom P

    haha of course #5 was the highlight though, and we all know it

    #5831
  3. Chris

    Looks pretty good, but lets hope that we don’t get another Year One.

    #5833
  4. Al

    I am definitely looking forward to this movie. I personally liked the use of “Warrior’s Code” by Dropkick Murphys.

    #5882
  5. Chris

    AI, Dropkick Murphys kick ass!!!

    #5899
  6. Christian Garber

    most anticipated comedy of the year for me. Who doesn’t love a Kenny Powers and King Arthur blend?

    #5918

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