There is a decided lack of fantasy movies. It’s odd really, there are piles of mediocre and low budget science fiction and horror so it’s not so much a question of the expense of effects. If aliens can invade on a dime and werewolves hunt on a nickel, there shouldn’t be any reason that good old fashioned swords and sorcery shouldn’t be made on equally slim budgets. Hell, one questions that it can even be a matter of tastes. Look around the book store and you’ll see thousand page fantasy novels on even shelf footing with space operas and vampires. And then there was that little Lord of the Rings thing that one or two people saw, so it’s not like there’s some lack of successful precedent inertia going on.
There are so few fantasy films to start with that it comes as no real surprise that you can count the number of decent and solidly R-rated fantasy films on the fingers of a quadruple amputee. That’s where Your Highness comes in.
It plays like a cross breeding of The Princess Bride and Army of Darkness. If they can find the right balance, it could be epic. And by epic, I mean that it will make $3 million at the box office and ten times that on DVD. If they can’t find the balance, it will be a mess of inconsistent tone and jokes that just fall flat, a disaster. And by disaster, I mean that it will make $3 million at the box office and $3 million on DVD.