Ghostface is back for screams
SCRE4M (15) Truly lowbrow tall tale Your Highness (15)
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Mary McDonnell
AT A pivotal moment in Wes Craven’s selfreferential and selfreverential slasher, a character says: “The first rule of remakes: don’t mess with the original.” The same rule applies to sequels and screenwriter Kevin Williamson, who has penned every instalment of the Scream series, hasn’t been shy about recycling ideas from that influential first film in subsequent outings of his menace, Ghostface. In Scre4m Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette reprise their iconic roles, flanked by some fresh faces, who not so much inject as spill and spray fresh blood into the franchise. It has been 10 years since the harrowing events of Scream 3 and survivor Sidney Prescott (Campbell) has put her shattered life together by penning a selfhelp book. She embarks on a book tour, including her hometown – only for Ghostface to return, threatening those closest to her. Scre4m settles into a familiar pattern, nodding affectionately to earlier films, but is just too predictable. FAMILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Violence.
Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis.
VULGAR, puerile and relentlessly potty-mouthed – and those are the chief selling points of Your Highness. David Gordon Green’s olde worlde tale of good versus evil is as cheerless and charmless as they come. There are no “happy ever afters” for us, having to endure a slurry of obscenities that leave us craving a shower to wash off the filth. If the humour was saucy or even bawdy with a modicum of wit, then the occasional foray into gross-out territory would be easier to swallow. Unfortunately, the script has a one-track mind and strains at the breeches with chauvinistic quips, reducing virtually all of the female characters to simpering wenches with heaving cleavages. It’s just not funny. FAMILY WATCH: Swearing, Sex, Violence.