Very funny, but....
Here is a terrific CGI animated film from the UK that is beautiful
visually and easy to enjoy and has a really unique pitch: WW2 fighter
pigeons and rah rah Brit derring do, but has seriously miscast main
voice actors: especially Ricky Gervais and Ewan MacGregor. Gervais's
annoying babble and rant is so tedious it almost overtakes the film,
and MacGregor does not have an animated voice. It is too ordinary.
However everything else and everyone else seem right and the wartime
miniature visuals are very inventive. The French resistance mouse is
hilarious. It was a complete surprise to me as I avoided it on first
release and only saw it as a DVD. well recommended for 10 years olds
and if you can get past the Gervais nonsense patter you will love it
entirely. Reminders of A BUGS LIFE and RATATOUILLE and even HAPPY FEET
will emerge as you watch but VALIANT is so funny and well planned it
easily stands on it's own..
emilywattles watch Ghost movie
leoglln watch Storm In A Teacup movie
flovin1 watch Minutemen movie
flovin1 watch All About The Benjamins movie
remedeiros watch The House By The Cemetery movie
It's okay...but I liked it alot....
Much underrated, resourceful, witty - in one word: recommended
I only saw this movie yesterday and I must say it is hugely underrated.
The story is very resourceful, funny, witty and interesting, the
characters are well-written and I personally find it really refreshing
after having seen many technically convincing animation movies without
a really original details in the story (like Monsters vs Aliens last
By the way, the animation is also great here, especially the
development of the characters, the fascinating English landscapes and
buildings or the stormy sea and the warships, which are formidable. The
cast of voices is hilarious, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Laurie, Ricky Gervais
or Jim Broadbent, just to mention a few.
Finally, what I really liked about Valiant is that it lacks any form of
"wanting to be cool", it doesn't have the arrogant self-righteous,
self-reflective tone I find nowadays with many animation pieces. Taking
place during the Second World War, it is a great tale which is not
barely the figment of the creators' imagination, so this makes it even
more worthwhile to see. The music is also authentic and my favourite,
but even if it's not yours, I'm sure this film has enough virtues to be
seen by the young or the older ones as well. I've downgraded it by 1
star only because I found the burping jokes a bit too excessive at one
point, but otherwise, it's highly recommended..