Justin and the Knights of Valour
Time Out says
David Walliams, Rupert Everett, Julie Walters, Mark Strong, Saoirse Ronan… judging from the impressive voice cast you’d think this fantasy family animation was a British/Irish production, but it’s actually Spanish. Freddie Highmore is weedy young Justin, who dreams of becoming a Knight of Valour like his grandfather. But knights have been ousted from the kingdom, so he must go on a journey to find three monks to mentor him in the ways of courage and valour. Uninspiring animation and a plodding story (it’s co-written by Spanish director Manuel Sicilia and Brit Matthew Jacobs) mean there’s little in the way of excitement, and most attempts at jokes fall flat. There’s a glimmer of hope when sprightly henchman Sota bounces onto the scene – you know he’s going to be voiced by Rupert Everett before he even opens his mouth. But, like David Walliams’s wizard and Antonio Banderas’s self-styled knight, his comic potential isn’t exploited. Too many cooks or a language barrier? Who can say, but the result won’t entertain many beyond sword-obsessed toddlers too young to follow the story anyway.
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