Published on March 13th, 2013 | by Chris3
Iron Sky (2012)
(Speaking of war movie/scifi crossovers...)
I realize I'm going to get raked over the coals for this, but I thought Iron Sky was a terrible movie. Terrible, and everyone involved knows it, and because of that, made it a whole lot of B-movie, Moon Nazi fun. Seriously, Iron Sky is just that kind of movie. I loved it. I loved every damn minute of it. I'm not kidding.
So, yeah, it would seem that the Nazis managed to launch a spaceship to the moon, and have been hiding out on the dark side for the last 70 years or so. Breeding and building super weapons of invasion, all the while oblivious to advancements on the planet.... If not for their accidental discovery by pretty boy (and "black guy(tm)") Washington (James Kirby).... they'd probably still be there! Still with me? Just the premise alone puts this into the realm of completely impossible, and because of that. It is a lot of fun.
The moon Nazis send a small detachment back to Earth with Washington (made "white" by moon nazi technology, no kidding), to pave the way for the Fourth Reich... Including teacher Richter (Julia Dietze) and ubermensch Adler (Gotz Otto).... Their job is to convince President (Stephanie Paul) and Sarah Palin lookalike (oh my sides) that their "ideology" is the way to go. And (wouldn't you know) it works. No thanks to Presidential adviser Wagner (Peta Sergeant)....
When Adler and Richter's subtle subterfuge is discovered by the moon Nazi high commander, Kortzfliesch (Udo Kier) then the shit hits the proverbial fan. The Moon Nazis invade in full force, with high tech space fighters aboard giant Zeppelin-looking carriers... but ho, whats this?
Seems that the worlds' "civilian" space fleet is in fact armed to the teeth. They set out to intercept the invading Moon Nazi's, led by Wagner onboard the "George W. Bush" (true story!).... They dispatch the fleet, only to be faced with the ultimate Moon Nazi weapon..... (Also note the "war room" set.... Strangelove lives on!)
...but Washington and now-reformed Richter have other plans, and manage to save the world at the last minute... of course. And live happily ever after.
Dammit, I thought this was ingenius, and I loved every minute of it. It was clear that everyone involved was having a hell of a time, also. Completely over the top, outlandish, impossible, and yes, it even makes fun of Sarah Palin, which I'm totally for.
But still, it has its more serious moments, and even a moment of war-movie crossover. Part of the Moon Nazi children's "education" has been that globe-dancing scene in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. It supposedly shows how people on Earth loved the Nazis and their care for the rest of the world. Or something. Once on Earth, Richter is exposed to the entire film, including the iconic monlogue. At this point she realizes just how wrong she's been.... Actually pretty awesome and a nod to war movie history at the same time.... got to love it.
And how about those special effects, eh? Not too shabby for a movie like this. Definitely not ILM-tier stuff, but I was suitably impressed, given the budget they likely had....
If you're going to come back and let me have it about just how bad this is and how we shouldn't be glorifying Nazis and blah blah blah.... That was exactly the point. It was meant as good fun, and it managed to throw in a lot of subtle political jabs at the same time. Which I can totally get behind.
I'm going to completely upset the natural balance of the universe and give Iron Sky a 3.9/5. Seriously. Turn off the left side of your brain and just roll with it. Maybe involved some chemical substances, I don't know. But whatever you do, don't even take this seriously. Except the parts where it matters. I'm serious. It's really a lot of fun.
I realize that a lot of you might find this offensive, just because of the Nazi element. Look, as terrible and evil as they were, if we can't have a bit of fun at the Nazi's expense, then what does that say about us, no? If anyone deserves to be ridiculed, I think they qualify.
Iron Sky [Blu-ray]
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In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: E1 ENTERTAINMENT
Manufacturer: Entertainment One
Original Release Date:
- Julia Dietze
- Götz Otto
- Christopher Kirby
- Peta Sergeant
- Udo Kier
- Factory sealed DVD
Summary: So much over the top fun I couldn't stand it. If you take this seriously you will be disappointed on levels I cannot describe.