Iron Sky (BluRay) Review
Not so much?
Generally Target isn’t the place where you are going to discover some hidden gem of a movie. Target is the kind of place you go to buy movies that you saw in the theaters months prior. Occasionally, if you look hard enough, some Target employee mistakenly ordered Princess Mononoke, but that’s about as off the […]
Generally Target isn’t the place where you are going to discover some hidden gem of a movie. Target is the kind of place you go to buy movies that you saw in the theaters months prior. Occasionally, if you look hard enough, some Target employee mistakenly ordered Princess Mononoke, but that’s about as off the beaten path as it’ll get. As you can imagine, upon perusing the Blu Ray selection this weekend in a feeble attempt at holiday shopping, I stumbled upon a Blu Ray I’d never heard before titled “Iron Sky” and became instantly fascinated.
Reading the back for the synopsis, my excitement for what could only be a ridiculous movie grew. The premises involves secret moon Nazis who have built a base on the “dark side of the moon” (reaffirming my belief that Pink Floyd is indeed evil) and have been secretly plotting for 70 some years to invade planet earth. This base is only discovered by a lunar expedition in 2018 lead by the USA. The Moon Nazis then gear up their assault on the Earth through infiltration into American politics, making their way to the planet in a 1950’s style spacecraft. Clearly, based on that alone, one can determine this movie oozed of Academy Award winning potential. Oh boy, was I not disappointed in the slightest.
Surprisingly, this movie looks like it had a solid budget ($7.5 mil US) and pretty good effects and editing. Numerous space scenes and CGI generated graphics are featured that, given the nature of this film, aren’t cheesy or extremely fake looking. The scenery, costumes, character makeup and photography all look spectacular for a film that, based on its plot, should look as though it was shot as a college project on a handheld $200 camcorder. Scenes that take place in space, whether it was the space battles or the lunar landing, looked exceptionally well made, way better than they should have been for such a corny movie.
There is also a surprising amount of social commentary about US and World politics contained within this movie. The US is led by what is obviously Sarah Palin, who uses the Moon Nazis’ message of “patriotism” in her own campaign speeches, rallying up crowds. Obviously a stab at blind American pride and exceptionalism. The UN council also goes into a complete fisticuffs brawl over the renewable energy source found on the Nazi Moon base, with the US proclaiming they should have rights to it because “the Moon is American property”. When bombarded with extreme levels of campiness throughout the movie, it may be easy to miss these shockingly clever remarks on the US political climate.
Still, campiness and oddities are abound throughout this movie. Really, what would anyone expect when dealing with Moon Nazis, right? One of the things that cracked me up was the fact the Nazis were still using technology from 1945, yet still had the means to build a base on the moon (shaped like a Swastika, in case you had any hope this movie was serious). This is exemplified by the fact they are flying Zeppelins in space as their “space Luftwaffe” invasion force, in addition with 1950’s sci fi style Flying Saucers. Viewers will be greeted with many moments in this film that are beyond ridiculous, such as a scene where two of our protagonists are able to not only breath in space, but will themselves against the physics of an open air lock, only to be left in the fortress with the female nazi barely clothed. There is also a scene where the American “space commander” is adorned in an outfit similar to that of a Skesis from “Dark Crystal” or even Rita Repulsa of “Power Rangers” fame. For some reason, one needs a peculiar outfit to fight Nazis in space.
Another distracting feature is the makeup of the actors. Many of the actors hail from Australia, as this was a joint Finish-Australian-German made film. Some Australians struggle to maintain German-English accents while some attempt to sound American. Given that this film is pretty much a comedy and spoof, the cartoonish nature of the accents are excused, but still humorous to note that someone who has allegedly spoke German all of their lives can break accent so easily.
If you’re looking for a good comedic sci fi parody, you should consider renting Iron Sky. You will be greeted with a parody of Sarah Palin that rivals Tina Fey, as well as amazing riff on the internet famous “Angry Hitler” scene from the movie downfall. While the acting isn’t terrible by any means, the writing is clearly intended to be satirical, outrageous and super over the top, which didn’t sit well with many reviewers. But, if you’ve ever wanted to see a movie where the antagonist dies by the heel of a woman’s shoe, and fascism cured by interracial romance, and if you are into movies that are so bad, they’re hilariously good, then this stupendous, comedic sci fi movie will be right up your alley.
**Review Written by guest contributor Mike Deneen**