Your Highness (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1240982/
Comedy Fantasy Action Adventure
Swords and sorcery fare. A tale of two princes, Prince Fabious (the eldest) and Prince Thadeous. Fabious, as his name implies, goes on quests, vanquishes beasts, is loved by the king will himself be king some day. Knowing his place is to never sit on the throne Thadeous is a pudgy man-child that does nothing of note but laze about, drink booze and smoke weed and whine about his brother.
During one of his quests Fabious rescues a maiden from the evil wizard Leezar. On their wedding day Leezar steals her away because he needs her to complete a ritual that can only be attempted once every 100 years or so, when the world's two moons meet. Fabious sets out to rescue her and drags the very reluctant Thadeous along.
After seeing many of the negative reviews by real film critics (and imagined ones like me) I considered not watching the film and dropped it from my Netflix queue. But when I saw it was scheduled on a premium movie channel I figured what the heck, why not. I did like most of the cast members from other films.
The recognizable (to me) stars were Danny McBride as Thadeous, James Franco as Fabious, Natalie Portman, Toby Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis (awesome in "Homeland"). Quite a cast, actually, especially considering the film script and plot. Though most of the cast plays their roles seriously you can see they understand the film they are in. Just enough mugging without going over the top.
Basically a lampoon of your standard fight evil save the princess quest sword and sorcery fantasy film that borrows heavily from every fight evil save the princess quest sword and sorcery fantasy film that precedes it. It is very vulgar in multiple ways through direct statements, implications, double entendres, visually. Plenty of times it just goes too far. Definitely not for children.
The movie has plenty of dumb moments and dialog. I didn't notice any stand-out laugh-out-loud moments either. But it did get some chuckles out of me. Mostly at how wrong any given thing was going on at the time. Spot-on production-wise. Great visual effects, settings, CGI, makeup. They obviously had a good budget and spent it wisely.
But. And there is a but. The film is still better than a lot of the crap lampoon films released in recent years. I'm looking at you, "Epic Movie" and films of similar caliber. There's a certain smartness brought to this film that sets it above those. There is a coherence of story, a mocking sort of character development and almost redemption.
So yes, a lot of the negative criticisms were spot-on. However I was entertained. And, in the end, that is the most important thing an entertainment film can do is actually be entertaining. Surprisingly a bit better than anticipated.