Thursday, April 28, 2011
You Can't Sever the Horn of a Minotaur
Get your quest on indeed. Finally I got to sneak out and go see Your Highness the other night. You've seen the trailers I'm sure, and unlike what you may think, there are plenty more one-liners you haven't seen too.
The movie is what you expect, pretty much a stoner-roadtrip movie that takes place in a fantasy setting. The accents are suitably "roleplaying fantasy", but the dialog was decidedly modern in both language and inflection (and especially humor). The crassness of the movie from opening to closing was also hilarious, just know you're going into an incredibly raunchy adventure from the get-go.
The fantasy trappings are all there, and the effects such as monsters and magic are actually well done. The story itself is pretty much a straight-forward quest with a few twists and turns. I was looking forward to seeing Natalie Portman in leather armor wielding a bow, and in that respect I wasn't disappointed either. I've always like the redneck-savvy Danny McBride too, and in a lot of ways the movie focuses around him and his transformation from slothful and inept second-born to honored and bloodied warrior.
If you're looking for a fun 'beer and pretzels' type movie, or have had a character cut off part of a critter to wear as a trophy, then you're going to enjoy this movie. Face it, most of the fantasy movies that come out nowadays aren't that great anyway, and this one goes in the opposite direction in terms of seriousness to great effect.