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Average but enjoyable pigeon adventure
on 6 August 2006
Through the use of CGI this sweet story about patriotic pigeons brings smiles and occasional laughs to the heart of the viewing audience.
Its an interesting concept for the animation industry to preach through dopy creatures in pigeons about loyalty to your country. Using this method many audiences may fail to take it seriously. It is comedy genre but nevertheless you would have thought the film would want to be taken seriously on some level, especially with such heavy issues as those.
Valiant centres on patriotism and brings frequent emphasis to `what is right' in society. The movie preaches through the brave little pigeon `Valiant' who wishes to enrol in the Royal Pigeon Service.
Highly predictable and unfunny for many older audiences but younger audiences will love the film as the pigeons have frequent meetings with physical objects, rude child centred humour and the general movements of the animated characters combine to make much lovable animals.
The effects are stunning. The CGI used to create the film are used to full effect as we have many different characters such as the Falcons, Pigeons and scenery all combining to create a visually stunning film. The attention to detail for the scenery has to be admired.
The story was well thought out but at many scenes the plot failed to captivate the audience. The majority of action scenes are predictable and over exaggerated but all combine to create a fast moving and chucklesome comedy animation for all ages though the film succeeds in winning the hearts of younger audiences.
The voices of Gervais, McGregor and Cleese are all recognized and are funny, especially from Cleese who audiences will immediately recognize his Fawlty Towers routine is used occasionally to bring a smile to the faces of audiences. Gervais to uses his typical laid back attitude to one of the more likable characters Bugsy.
The stereotypes of villains were probably predictably going to be Falcons but are still interesting as they dive their claws into the central plot. The lexis used by these villains is typical but believable and enjoyable to witness how the 'good guys (or pigeons) deal with them
Having the film in different settings such as the training camp was a very effective method. In the camp we get to see human elements such as weight lifts changed into animal elements where they use apples instead of weights. These ideologies are very cleverly thought of and bring the occasional chuckle.
A highly over-exaggerated ending that will make viewers question the realism of it but highyl fast and exciting
Not a buyer as we see more interesting CGI family adventures such as 'The Incredibles' but worth watching with the family