Natalie Portman, James Franco And Zooey Deschanel in “Your Highness”

by • November 17, 2010 • Funny, MoviesComments (0)2271

The trailer for “Pineapple Express” director David Gordon Green’s new film “Your Highness” looks so good it’s going to be hard to wait until it opens this coming April 8.  The Playlist had this to say this morning:

The extended three-and-a-half minute clip is one of the best trailers we’ve seen all year, and the film has skyrocketed up our most anticipated list for next year. Perhaps the most surprising thing is just how high-quality the production values seem: Gordon Green’s definitely stepped up a gear here, with the production and costume design, effects work and cinematography (from the director’s regular collaborator Tim Orr) all appearing to be top notch.  Indeed, it looks more convincing than recent serious fantasy disasters like “Eragon” or “Percy Jackson”; no mean feat for what’s essentially a fairly juvenile comedy.  And yes, the comedy does seem juvenile, but gloriously so—there’s more than one moment here that came close to making us spit white wine through our nose (most notably the attempt by evil wizard Justin Theroux to seduce Zooey Deschanel‘s virgin bride).  Neither Danny McBride nor James Franco seem to be venturing too far from their comfort zones, but that’s no bad thing—and we’re actually fairly impressed by their British accents, and indeed, most of those on display.  In fact, while McBride’s character isn’t a million miles away from the self-centered types he usually plays, it’s also clearly no re-run of Kenny Powers, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be carrying the comedy on his own—Franco’s clearly playing the straight man, but rising British comedy talent Rasmus Hardiker (best known for Steve Coogan‘s “Saxondale”) looks likely to steal some scenes, albeit not as many as Justin Theroux, whose wonky-toothed wizard looks to be a particular highlight. And Natalie Portman?  Natalie Portman just looks badass.

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Source: The Playlist

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