I didn’t know anything about Kon-Tiki when I walked into the cinema – to be honest I’d done so little research I was half expecting a mocumentary about the tour bus company. What I got was so far beyond my expectations that I can’t help but recommend it.

Kon-Tiki tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl who, in 1947, travelled aboard a balsa-wood raft with five companions from Peru to Polynesia in order to prove that Polynesia was settled from South America and not from Asia (as was commonly believed at the time). The acting was superb, the script wryly funny and I was completely engrossed for the duration of the screening. I really can’t recommend this film highly enough – it is one of the best I have seen in a long time.

The film itself was made in Norway, although the Norwegian actors all speak English throughout the film. It is Norway’s most expensive production to date, its fifth Academy Award nomination ever and the only Norwegian film to be nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

I give it four-and-a-three-quarter stars.