PRINCE Thadeous (McBride) has always laboured in the shadow of his handsome and gallant brother, Prince Fabious (James Franco), who is – unsurprisingly – the favourite of their father (Charles Dance) and the lusty maidens of the realm.
Fabious returns from yet another quest with beautiful Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) on his arm, who he intends to marry.
Oh woe! Dastardly sorcerer Leezar (Justin Theroux) kidnaps the bride-to-be and spirits her away to his castle lair.
Distraught groom-to-be Fabious gives chase with loyal lieges Boremont (Damian Lewis) and Julie (Toby Jones), plus Thadeous begrudgingly in tow.
The brothers encounter weird and wonderful characters along the way including sexy warrior Isabel (Natalie Portman), who is unfathomably attracted to overweight and clumsy Thadeous.
Considering the calibre of talent in front of the camera including this year’s Best Actress Oscar winner Portman and Best Actor nominee Franco, you could be forgiven for expecting a film of substance.
McBride and Franco don’t generate any on-screen chemistry to convince us they could have emerged from the same gene pool.
Portman employs all of her acting skills to hide the revulsion that Isabel would surely feel for Thadeous, who kills a minotaur and wears its severed appendage around his neck as a trophy.