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“Your Highness”
a review by Darby O’Gill

A ye old tale from long ago, of two brothers, one brave and true, and the other… Well, a bit of a lazy sissy boy. Your Highness is from the same people that brought you Pineapple Express, and although the title would lead you to think otherwise, the movie has nothing to do with pot. The aforementioned sissy boy, Thadeous played by Danny McBride, lives the luscious life of a prince, without any of the pesky responsibilities. That’s largely in thanks to his older brother Fabious, played by James Franco, who is next in line to one day be King. With the no pressure, or real purpose, Thadeous spends his days frolicking with his servant Courtney, played by Ramus Hardiker. That’s not to say that Thadeous doesn’t take himself seriously. He believes that he is much braver and better suited to one day be King. He’d be wrong, but none the less he still believes it. But, when his brother’s fiancé is kidnapped by an evil wizard on the day of their wedding, the King decides that it is high-time that Thadeous prove himself on a proper quest, and Your Highness is the story of that quest.

I’ve got to say, I didn’t think this was going to be anything more than a bunch of dick and fart stoner jokes, but it turned out to be more of a throw back to films of old, like The Princess Bride or Clash of the Titans. The good one! (Not that 3D piece of shit from a few years ago.) I was really shocked! I wasn’t the biggest fan of Pineapple Express. I thought it was funny and had it’s moments, but not a classic by any means, and I think the same is true for Your Highness. Although, I did like it a lot more than Pineapple. Danny McBride is great! He’s at the top of his game, and doing what he does best. The relationship between McBride and James Franco is outstanding! And, Franco continues to surprise me! He’s the kind of actor I don’t think of very often. That is, until I’ll hear about him in a movie, and think that doesn’t sound like something I can picture James Franco doing, but then he’s great! And, where do we even begin with Natalie Portman?! Say what you will about her Oscar win, she was hands-down last year’s MVP. She’s had three back-to-back movies come out in the last three months, and they were all good! Do you know how hard that is to pull off? Some people can’t even put out one good movie a year. Your Highness is not Oscar worthy, but much like Paul, it’s a fun ride that will make you laugh.

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“Where the Wild Things Are”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Hands down one of my favorite books as a kid, right up there with The Digging-Est Dog, Where the Wild Things Are, was most likely an iconic children’s book for most of our childhoods. I remember just staring at Maurice Sendak’s illustrations of Max and his monster friends for hours on end. So, imagine my excitement when I heard that visionary director Spike Jonze and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop were going to bring that beloved book to life on the big screen.
In Where the Wild Things Are, we follow the journey of Max, an 8 year old boy, trying to find his place in the world. His teenage sister is starting to hangout with friends of her own, and his single Mom is starting to date again, leaving little time for them to play with Max. Until one night, when Max puts on his beloved wolf costume to cause a little mischief and ends up running away from home. When he stumbles upon a small boat, he sets sail, and soon finds himself on an island of monsters. On the island the monsters make him king, and they play and howl at the moon together; but Max quickly learns that one can never truly run away from one’s problems.
Spike Jonze does an amazing job of fleshing out Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book. In this film, he also captures the raw feeling and imagination of being a child. The other thing I realized he managed to do was give the film the feel of a children’s movie from our generation. You know, it didn’t feel like a modern movie for kids. It had me thinking of the kid movies I grew up with, like The Red Balloon and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. With that being said, I don’t think that this movie with its lack of narrative will hold the attention of kids today. I think this movie is only going to truly appeal to our generation. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has once again out done themselves. The use of mixing real life puppets with CGI effects, has clearly laid a new path for the future of special effects. I would like to think that his company, being the driving force behind bringing these classic illustrations to life, would have made Jim Henson very proud. The bottom line is, if you’re thirty years old or older, you are going to love this movie. But, if this is the first time you have ever heard of Where the Wild Things Are, you might find yourselves a little bit lost on what makes it so great.

Rating:
4.5 Little People