Review: Iron Sky

Never again will you be able to say that nobody ever made a movie about Nazis living on the moon who then return to Earth and joined forces with a Sarah Palin-esque politician before waging intergalactic war. No you certainly cannot because Iron Sky is here and after years of development, crowd-sourced funding, and even filming just up north in Queensland, this comical sci-fi spoof is here on the big screen. How it conjured up a theatrical release I’m not too sure, but there it is in its entire goofy, oddball, space opera glory.

Set in 2018, a conservative President (Stephanie Paul, Separation City) sends a manned mission to the moon in order to boost her approval ratings. Once there her astronaut guinea pigs (including Christopher Kirby (Mao’s Last Dancer) as a token black space man who’s actually just a model, hired because he would look good) discover a hidden military base occupied by Nazi refugees who fled in 1945 and have been biding their time on the moon waiting for the right moment to reclaim Earth. Soon to be Fuhrer, Klaus Adler (Götz Otto, Tomorrow Never Dies), soon visits our planet against the orders of Udo Kier’s (Melancholia) evil dictator and joins forces with the President who is eager to start a war with the intergalactic Reich and regain the presidency.

The troups get ready for Iron Sky

It’s all fun and games with Iron Sky whilst our dumb-as-dodo characters remain on the moon. The ridiculousness of many of the gags – and gags they most definitely are, Iron Sky is hardly an accident like The Room – certainly made me laugh out loud with frenzied glee. Upon their voyage to Earth, however, it becomes stale and patience whittles. A third act space battle is the home to some rather inspired action setpieces and the low budget effects – The Avengers this most definitely is not – are remarkably good given the circumstances, but it’s too late.

Klaus Adler (Gotz Otto), Renate Richter (Julia Dietze) and the President (Stephanie Paul) in Iron Sky

It’s obvious that director Timo Vuorensola and his screenwriters, Johanna Sinisalo, Jarmo Puskala and Michael Kalesniko, were attempting to tell a tale of American satire, but it’s just not smart enough to truly work. There are laughs to be had and those who get a kick out of these wildly over-the-top ventures of badness will surely have a riot, but no amount of great visuals and deranged closing credit songs (truly has to be heard to be believed, that one) can cover up that soggy mess of a middle act that drains all the fun and liveliness out of its winking setup. Julia Dietze as Adler’s fiancé, plagued with doubts about her Nazi heritage, is a bright, fresh presence on screen and the costume design, fleetingly bordering on the absurd, is a hoot, but Iron Sky just doesn’t quite cut it when all is said and done.

Iron Sky was released in Australia on May 10th

Director: Timo Vuorensola

Cast: Christopher Kirby, Julia Dietze, Gotz Otto, Stephanie Paul, Udo Kier, Peta Sergeant, Kym Jackson, Tilo Pruckner and Monika Gossmann.

 

About Glenn Dunks

Glenn Dunks loves films, that we know for sure. As well as being a film critic for Trespass Magazine where his wildly unpredictable tastes you’ve grown accustomed to, Glenn is the creator and writer of film blog Stale Popcorn (http://stalepopcornau.blogspot.com) , film editor at Onya Magazine, has written for The Big Issue and Encore and has been heard on JOY 94.3. Glenn is based in Melbourne, is an active Twitterer (@stalepopcornau) and is and is particular fond of Australian, horror and queer cinema.