Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013

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Children's animated feature. Justin (voice of Freddie Highmore) would much rather be a Knight of Valour like his grandfather than a lawyer as his father wishes so he leaves the kingdom and sets off to begin his training. While on his journey he meets a wizard called Melquiades (David Walliams) and a handsome knight called Sir Clorex (Antonio Banderas) who inspire him to do well in his training, but the peace is soon disrupted when former knights Sir Heraclio (Mark Strong) and Sota (Rupert Everett) return to the kingdom threatening to destroy it and Justin's courage is put to the ultimate test...

Starring:
Saoirse Ronan, Charles Dance
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Justin and the Knights of Valour

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Charles Dance, Antonio Banderas, Freddie Highmore, Alfred Molina, Mark Strong, Olivia Williams, Rupert Everett
Director Manuel Sicilia
Genres Science Fiction
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 3 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Charles Dance, Antonio Banderas, Freddie Highmore, Alfred Molina, Mark Strong, Olivia Williams, Rupert Everett
Director Manuel Sicilia
Genres Science Fiction
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 3 February 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
The movie is political and critical of the legal system. After the bad guys were defeated, Knights who protected the kingdom were outlawed, and written laws became abundant as the film ironically states, "The World is too complex without laws." Justin's grandfather was a famous knight and his dad is a lawyer. Justin has set out on a quest to become a knight, find his grandfather's lost sword, and court the shallow Lara...whose family invented money. Along the way he meets interesting characters including a wannabe wizard who looks like a stereotypical guy you might meet at a comic book convention.

Then there is the plucky waitress. When Justin tells her he wants a wizard, she replies, "Would you like fries with that?" She is the female role model.

There is a side kick who is interested in gossip and fashion, dresses rather nice and prances around.

There are also lines that come from other films or rather spoofs them, such as when a huge man grabs a plank and does his Crocodile Dundee, "That's not a stick. This is a stick."

A film the kids will enjoy, but most likely not the one they want to watch multiple times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Justin is a teenage boy who dreams of becoming a knight, like his grandfather, rather than a lawyer, like his father (sensible boy). Justin has a crush on a good-looking "posh bird", the teenage Lara, which blinds him to the charms of the equally attractive but more down to earth local barmaid, Talia. Justin sets out on a quest to learn the battle code of warriors, in an effort to persuade Lara of his worth as a suitor. Whilst he is absent from his father's home, a banished and disgraced former knight, Sir Heraclio, returns to threaten to take over their lands. Justin, having been schooled in the arts of armoured warriors, returns home to come to the aid of his people. The movie has a largely British cast for the voiceovers, and it is made by a Spanish production company, rather than the usual Pixar or DreamWorks. Rupert Everett gives the standout vocal performance, as Sir Heraclio's obsequious man-servant Sota. I watched this movie at the cinema with my 11 year old daughter, and then purchased the DVD soon afterwards. It is a solid and good-natured family film, with decent 2D or 3D animation, one which is best for kids aged 7 to 13, but with enough going on to keep the attention of an adult. The quality of the Blu-Ray is good, and I think that this film is worthy of at least one sequel.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
P.S. If you haven't yet watched the wonderful Boxtrolls and Big Hero 6, I can highly recommend both of those family films too - The Boxtrolls (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy),Big Hero 6 [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray].
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mummy spoon on 8 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Justin and the knights of valour is a great film, it's not on the same level as Toy Story or Shrek but it's fun, has a good story and script,likeable characters and the animation is as good as Dreamworks and the like.
I think these types of films are often judged too harshly but at the end of the day, they are aimed at children, mine loved it and I quite liked it too which is a bonus, we are definitely ordering the Blu-ray, I look forward to watching it again.
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A funny and colourful animation, with strong morals of staying true to yourself and not to judge things at face value. One particularly shallow character is made to look foolish, gullible and even winds up in danger for taking appearances for granted value.

While most of the characters are stereotypical in some ways, the plot contains strong role models in the rags to knighthood character Justin, and the tough and sassy Talia who's always ready to back up her combat skill with witty retorts.

The animation may lack the polish of big budget animations, but I thought the character designs of Talia and the magician Melquiades were quite original, and each character's personal style is clearly reflected in their costumes.

Recommended for fans of animated fantasy adventure, though you've probably seen a dozen movies like it, Justin is still an entertaining view if you'd like to see one more!
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Lovely & Funny. Both children and adults would enjoy this. Refreshingly not your typical Disney prince and princess. Lots of funny (and spot on) political and popular culture satire. Also a good message that you don't need to be the 'perfect' size triple zero surgically enhanced looking Barbie, or 6' male-model Casanova to be a success... A few reviewers have mentioned Toy Story. I am very familiar with all the Toy Story films and although they are nice, I think this quite a bit better. I like the slightly softer, style and the story is better (similar to Enchanted) Also a cheeky reference to Goblet of Fire... I'm not familiar with the studio (or at least I can't recall other films they've produced), but I'd say it's a Disney meets Pixar as far as visual style. I'm stingey with my 5 star ratings, but would have given a 4+ if possible... There's a hero in all of us.
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By Brian Trousers on 19 Mar. 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Just awful. One of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune to view. The animation looks cheap although I can imagine that it wasn't The closest comparison is a made-for-tv animation series if you understand that, i.e. poorly detailed, imperfect and has a rushed look about it so they can churn out the episodes.

My two kids, who would watch paint dry if it was televised, lost interest completely and when we paused it so one of them could "pay a visit", they refused to have it restarted.

No redeeming features whatsoever. Terrible. Terrible. Terrible.

If you choose to watch it, don't say I didn't warn you.
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