A DVD review of Thunderbirds
Based on the cheesiest of Gerry Anderson shows, Thunderbirds follows the exploits of the Tracy family. Armed with the latest high-tech vehicles and gadgets, the Tracy family (led by Bill Paxton, harkening back to Apollo 13) tackles global rescue operations on a daily basis. But when their archenemy, “The Hood” (Ben Kingsley), sabotages the Thunderbirds as part of his master plan to rob the world’s richest banks, it’s up to Alan, the youngest Tracy, to spring into action before disaster strikes. The wonderful effects are the star of the show, achieving a balance between realism and retro cheese. The acting ranges from great to adequate – Paxton and Kingsley effortlessly steal the show. The script is, of course, by the numbers, offering no sense of danger or spontaneity. Nonetheless, if you’re still shopping for holiday gifts for the kids, you (and they) could do a lot worse than Thunderbirds.You can find the DVD, packed with a bevy of extra features, at Amazon.com. If you’d prefer a trip down memory lane with the original series, you can find that here.