posted on December 05, 2012 08:00
I can’t decide if Danny McBride is my hero, or just an asshole.
His humor hits me as very lowbrow, yet I cannot help but laugh at it’s ridiculousness, and let’s face it, he’s fat and probably gets more tail than all of my male readers combined. He has also managed to accomplish this feat while sporting a mullet.
When this film was released to the theatre I can remember hearing McBride giving an interview on a local radio station. They of course hyped up how funny the film was, and the female DJ gave a virtual blowjob to Danny because he wrote this film as well. My interest was heightened by the fact that Natalie Portman was in the movie. (She is on my list of celebrities that I can have sex with and it’s not considered cheating. Everyone has one of those right?)
Then it finally comes to cable, so I sit down to watch….My first impression of the film was almost hatred. I stayed up late to watch it, and simply was not impressed. There were small chuckles here and there, but for the most part the film was just a ridiculous story make weak attempts to humor the audience. It’s not the first time a knight’s quest has been used for story telling, but it’s certainly one of the less dramatic one’s.
It’s a simple story really; the younger prince (McBride) is “less” of a man than the eldest son (played by James Franco), causing a divide in the family relationship. Then conflict strikes the eldest son, and his own friends turn on him to assist the villain. This of course leaves the younger inept son in the perfect position to prove his worth, and in one quest resolve all of the family and world issues plaguing the kingdom. Throw in a few demeaning jokes, some needless nudity, and a few more known actors (Zooey Deschanel, Damian Lewis, Justin Theroux) and you’ve got a film that will sell some tickets on a reasonable budget.
I won’t ruin any punch lines, but your take on this film is most likely going to tie directly to your appreciation or lack thereof for Danny McBride’s style of humor. If you are a fan of Eastbound and Down, then you may really enjoy this film. I am a fan of that show, and I have found myself watching this movie again in small pieces as I come across regular play times on HBO. If you don’t like him or his style of comedy, you’ll probably want to pass on this one. Before you do, I will let you know that there is a great scene of Natalie in a thong. I believe this was filmed shortly after she had her baby as well, so her baby feeders are nice and swollen as well. Plus there are several other random naked chicks throughout, so if nothing else you can let this movie play in the background while you read my catalog of articles from this site.
Not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but this one doesn’t crack the top 15%. If I were to compare this to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, we’d be talking about using the DVD as a coaster or a table leveler. See you next week suckers!