Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013) Review

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Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013)

Directed by Manuel Sicilia

Starring Voice Actors:
Freddie Highmore
Antonio Banderas
James Cosmo
Charles Dance
Tamsin Egerton
Rupert Everett
Barry Humphries
Alfred Molina
Mark Strong
David Walliams
Julie Walters
Olivia Williams
Saoirse Ronan

Running time: 96 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)

Justin (Freddie Highmore) lives in a kingdom where bureaucrats rule and knights have been ousted. His dream is to be become one of the Knights of Valour, like his grandfather was, but his father Reginald (Alfred Molina), the chief counsel to the Queen (Olivia Williams), wants his son to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer.

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My Opinion:

I’ll make this quick & simple: This isn’t exactly a great film but, hey, it’s for kids. It’s not actually THAT bad, though, considering it wasn’t made by Pixar or Disney or even the inferior (well, what I see as inferior) Dreamworks.

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I think kids will enjoy this one. I myself actually enjoyed it a bit more than this year’s Epic, which looked prettier but had a story that was somewhat too complex for the younger kids and had forgettable characters. Justin of course has lessons to teach the audience, just like most kids’ films: Work hard, stand up for what you believe in, and bitchy self-absorbed girls never get the knight in shining armor (well, it would be nice if that last bit were true in real life as well).

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Oh! And you must have a knight who looks like Sean Connery if you’re going to make a movie about knights.

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Boys will probably like this one more than girls (especially if they liked How To Train Your Dragon) because of all the knights and a little bit of fighting with some baddies and Justin going through training to become a knight (the training with the elder knights was by far the best bit of the film). But there’s also a good, feisty female character that girls (and their mothers) will approve of. (You don’t think she’ll actually hook up with Justin by any chance, do you?!) πŸ˜‰

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So, anyway – Justin And The Knights Of Valour isn’t going to change the world but it’s not the worst movie you’ll ever have to sit through with your kid. It has a solid enough story and few strong characters and the usual “teaching of values” with a bit of silly comic relief. Whatever. It’s better than I was expecting, at least.

My Rating: 5.5/10

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I just wanted to get this quickie review out of the way so that I can focus on finishing my review for Rush in the next couple days. Because that film was fantastic!!! πŸ™‚

13 thoughts on “Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013) Review

  1. I’ve never heard of this so when I got my email notification of your post and it read that this was password protected I thought, “Oh Christ, she’s finally posted something about some gay porn movie… here come the wangs and fandanglers and whippoorwills……”

    thank goodness that wasn’t the case here…

    • Lol! Is that what’s normally behind password protected posts, then? I wouldn’t know about all that. :-p I’m having all kinds of trouble with the WordPress app at the moment and this one defaulted to password protected at first for some strange reason. But I do admit that the title could maybe be mistaken for the type of movie you’ve described. πŸ˜‰ Fandangler? Wasn’t that a Kevin Costner movie?

      • LOL! Sometimes I put up a page and password protect it when I am collaborating with someone so they can see what I am getting after but never a post. Then I take it down. I figured if YOU were going on about it this way that must be what you were up to.

        J/K of course. I actually hate it when WP starts messing around with the apps and interfaces. Something always boops up. And by boops I mean something that rhymes with ducks.

  2. All I got from this was you’re going to do a review of Rush that involves Hemsworth’s bum… I am all for this.

    IPC… don’t forget some male readers like man bums… it’s not ALL about whaserface’s boobies!

  3. I’m new to Chris Hemsworth but he is drool -worthy… πŸ˜›

    This film looks great, Alfred Molina always makes me laugh πŸ™‚

  4. Pingback: My Top Ten Saoirse Ronan Movies | Cinema Parrot Disco

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