This has got to be the silliest fantasy movie ever, but that’s not so bad. The focus is not on the eldest prince of the land of someplace we never learn the name of, but on the younger prince. While Fabious (James Falco) is the dashing, courageous quester, his brother, Thadeous (Danny McBride) is happier being the arrogant, lazy courtier that prefers to hang out with the trolls by the river and smoke their herbal mixes. His constant companion is Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker) a servant that has become his best friend and confidante. This life of ease for Thadeous is about to end.
Fabious goes on yet another quest, and slays this week’s monster, and rescues a fair damsel from the keep of an evil wizard. Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) has been kept prisoner by Leezar (Justin Theroux) for a very specific purpose, but when Fabious finds her, he is instantly smitten and brings her home to meet his father, King Tallious (Charles Dance), and announces to the court he and Belladonna are to be married. They are immediately preparing for a grand wedding the next day. The happy day is soon interrupted by Leezar as he comes to claim Belladonna by magickal means. Meanwhile, out on the river, Thadeous has skipped the wedding and is getting high with his troll friends.
There is a prophecy Belladonna is meant to be part of. Leezar needs to produce a child with a fair maiden on a certain night when the two moons of this land come together in a double lunar eclipse. Wouldn’t that be something to see! Astronomy aside, this bodes unwell for the royal family. Fabious instantly wants to go rescue Belladonna, but the king insists that Thadeous goes with him. Thadeous thinks this is pointless. He has never been on any kind of quest, and thinks he would be useless in helping Fabious. The king demands that he take part in the quest, or he will lose everything. Lands, title, wealth, and any family connexions. He reconsiders quickly and is now part of the team.
The princes set out, with some men at arms and Courtney, and soon this become Fabious’ biggest misadventure, and Thadeous’ only experience in questing, and it is turning out for the worst. They are set on by bandits, go to see a perverted old wizard that explains the prophecy, run into a lovely ranger, Isabel (Natalie Portman) that is on a quest for vengeance against Leezar for killing her brothers, have to play a game for the amusement of a bloodthirsty tribal king, and all kinds of nasty critters along the way. Also, there is a squirrely servant, Julie (Toby Jones) that has been sending news to Leezar about the brother’s progress. Nasty little troll of a spy.
This silly fantasy comedy is rather crude, relying on swear words, and sex jokes, and such. It starts to feel like Dungeons & Dragons meets Animal House. Natalie Portman steals the show in this movie, and is the brightest spot in this stinky mess. It is still worth a look, but would mostly appeal to gamers, geeks, and elder teen boys. I’m sure it has been popped into many a Playstation console at colleges around the world. It is fun, and funny, but let’s just leave it at that. Would you expect anything different from the director of Pineapple Express?
I give this film a Musing review of