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Your Highness

"Your Highness," directed by David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express"), made its journey to the big screen April 8.

The movie is about Fabious, a knight played by James Franco ("127 Hours"), who has just returned home from one of his many quests. Upon his arrival, he introduces his new bride-to-be, Belladonna, played by Zooey Deschanel ("500 Days of Summer"). Everyone is excited for the wedding, except for Fabious’ younger brother, Thadeous, played by Danny McBride ("Due Date"), who dislikes his kind brother in every way.

A hooded figure appears just as the marriage is taking place. It is Leezar, played by Justin Theroux ("Inland Empire"), and he has returned for his hand-picked virgin, Belladonna, so he can impregnate her with an incredible source of magic to help him take over the world. With his beloved captured, Fabious must venture on yet another quest.

The king orders Thadeous to travel with him so he can finally become a man and be worthy to the kingdom. This is where the fun begins for the brothers, as they come across obstacles and meet a new companion, Isabel, played by Natalie Portman ("No Strings Attached"), to help them on their journey.

Green was the perfect choice as director for this movie, particularly because it is a comedy and also because he previously worked with McBride and Franco in 2008’s "Pineapple Express." His directing is top-notch because he finds a balance between the characters and their surroundings in each shot. There are few close-up shots, which is better for the audience to fully experience who and what the characters are.

Even though the plot for the movie was not deep or emotionally fulfilling in any sort of way, the acting could not have been better. Everyone played his or her characters very well. The three leads, McBride, Franco and Portman, really shine. McBride tends to play the arrogant character, and it is because he does it very well here. The viewer will want to either yell at him, or slap him in the face; he is that irritating. Franco has always been the perfect actor no matter what role he has played. Here, the audience can feel his love and warmth through his body language and words. And Portman becomes the character that many girls who want to break out of the "lady" mode aspire to. Her dialogue, body language and strong-headed attitude will have the audience cheering.

While "Your Highness" isn’t the greatest comedy or spoof movie, it is still enjoyable to watch. It does not possess any heartwarming moments but it will have the audience laughing from time to time.

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