Directed by Kerry Conran, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Ling Bai and Angelina Jolie.

If you've scrolled through the list of actors above you could be forgiven for thinking to yourself "that's a pretty good line-up, it's probably a decent movie". The array of performers is impressive, but your early impressions of the film would be way off.

'Sky Captain...' is set in the 1930s in Gotham City (aka New York). The story revolves around an intrepid reporter, Polly Perkins (Paltrow), who is chasing a story about a group of scientists who have gone missing. When a bunch of gigantic flying robots come and destroy parts of the city, Joe 'Sky Captain' Sullivan (Law) manages to fight them off in his tiny plane.

It becomes apparent that Perkins and Sullivan used to have a relationship. This makes their ensuing around the world voyage to seek out an evil genius Dr Totenkopf (archive footage of Laurence Olivier), who is trying to destroy the world, even more difficult.

The storyline is just that interesting - honestly.

The movie has received mixed reviews and they have tended to hinge on the animation used by Kerry Conran. The idea is to make everything look futuristic from a 1930s (and black and white) perspective. It really boils down to a matter of taste. If you like the animation, the meek plot and comic book dialogue can be forgiven. If not, probably best to leave as soon as fatigue and/or boredom sets in.

Unfortunately, working against screens has proven too much for virtually all the actors, but particularly for Paltrow who offers a distinctly below-par performance. She is not alone, though, and a major disappointment is her interaction with Law, which is completely underwhelming. To be honest, there is more sexual chemistry between Jack and Vera Duckworth.

Gambon, who plays an unusually caring editor, and Jolie are vastly under-used - just one of a litany of faults in this toothless effort.

Séamus Leonard