Run Time: 102 mins
What it is about:
This is a tale of two brothers. The first Fabious (James Franco) is the eldest brother and heir to the throne, he is the “golden boy” of the two brothers. He is often on quests and always wins. The kingdom adores him and he can do no wrong in his father’s eyes. Thadeous (Danny McBride) is the opposite. He is the slacker brother who can do nothing right in his father’s eyes. When Fabious’s future bride is stolen by a powerful sorcerer in order to fulfill a prophecy Fabious is determined to get his love back. The king demands that Thadeous accompany his brother on this quest, for this is his last chance…
What I thought:
I was expecting something like “Robin Hood Men in Tights” but this flick so was not. The beginning I sat there wondering why I spent money on this film. It did however get more entertaining but it was not nearly as funny as expected. The “F” word is casually thrown about and awkwardly placed as though to be funny, but really just fell flat. The comedy of the film heavily relied on thinly veiled sexual innuendos that weren’t really all that funny. I kind of reminded me of that age tweens reach where they can turn any statement into something sexual. I kind of felt like I was in 6th grade again. Natalie Portman was probably the saving grace of this film, she had some excellent scenes where she was kicking butt and taking names. Zooey Deschanel who played Fabious’s love barely spoke in this film which completely under-utilized her comedic abilities. I have seen other films with Dechanel where she was a complete scene stealer and highly funny, yet she barely spoke in this film. James Franco who is usually a great actor in whatever role he is in (at least in my unprofessional) opinion, was underwhelming. I think he was supposed to over act on purpose but again it wasn’t amusing. And there was this creepy scene with the wise wizard which I really could have gone the rest of my life without seeing. Danny McBride I think was supposed to be the comedic force in this film but he really wasn’t that funny. He got a couple of chuckles from me, but nothing worth $10 and almost 2 hours of my time. His side kick Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker) was more funny than McBride. Overall, were as the movie wasn’t terrible, if I had never seen this movie I would have been alright with that.
Watch it on tv, or if you are really curious red box it.