MOVIE REVIEW: Iron Sky

From the creators of the European cult-classic short film series Star Wreck comes a feature-length film Iron Sky which, simply put, is about Nazis. On the moon. This film is definitely classified as science fiction, but I would take it further and say it is more accurately a sci-fi farce. Think Spaceballs, without the direct correlation to another film. Iron Sky stands out as its own unique story. Set slightly in the future, 2018, this film is an equal-opportunity offender; if you’re the sensitive type, this one may not be for you.

Iron Sky is fun and campy, and you shouldn’t take the blatant stereotypes personally. Despite the obvious political themes that are woven in the film, I didn’t feel it was trying to make a serious political statement, though I do think that the film pokes fun at politics; from the history of politics to modern politics. Aside from the Nazi regime (obviously), the US took the brunt of the political mockery, and as an American I wasn’t offended. I thought it was funny that the president in the movie looked liked former Alaskan Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, just as I thought it was funny that the German “mad scientist” character looked like Einstein.
The film is injected with witty jokes and pop culture references including a perfectly timed hat tip to a scene in the 2004 German film Der Untergang which was made famous when it was turned into an internet “meme”. Most would know the meme as “Hitler reacts to…” in which the scenes subtitles are replaced by the meme creator. Iron Sky also make references and show scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator.
The key to enjoying this movie is to not think about it. Just watch it and let yourself be entertained. If you allow yourself to be caught up in just how unreal it all is, you’re going to psych yourself out of enjoying a good comedy. Don’t worry about how the Nazis got a Volkswagen on the moon, or how guns work in outer space. If you find you can’t help but pick apart films then I don’t think sci-fi is your genre, and you would do better with a historical non-fiction documentary. I think this film has all the necessary elements to become a cult-classic, and it’s out now on Amazon.com on Blu-Ray and DVD (and in the UK – Blu-Ray and DVD).
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Christi Kassity

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One comment

  1. This movie is quite funny, but I did think the gagas started to get a bit thin towards the end, maybe it’s a little too long.

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