My partner was all “If you like Captain America, you’ll love Valiant.” He knows I LOVE the movie Captain America: The First Avenger. I had become tired of the whole slew of bad boy steps ups, grows up, and becomes the hero movies. It was nice to see someone who was good (but not goodie two shoes) come along and, with a little help, becomes the hero.
Valiant (Ewan McGregor) is a little like Steve Rodgers, itching to serve but just not quite up to the task physically, or so others would think. The difference is he succeeds through perseverance and cleverness where Rodgers got a serum booster.
Set in WWII England, this movie focuses on the passenger pigeons used by the military. Valiant, our diminutive pigeon, wants to serve with the Royal Homing Pigeon Service who are responsible for carrying important messages. No one thinks he can do it but he sets off to go sign up anyway.
Along the way he meets Bugsy (Ricky Gervais) a likable but annoying con artist and bum. Oddly enough they both get accepted into the Pigeon Service, much to Bugsy’s dismay. They are part of a… well let’s just say their squad isn’t the best, or the next best, or even the one after that. But still they have a job to do. Even if it’s facing down the evil Von Talon (Tim Curry)
I think this is a really good movie for kids although younger ones may find it a bit slow and not get all the references. It’s partly educational as well. Me? I liked it. It’s not Captain America but you can’t help cheer for the good little guy.