Film: Iron Sky

August 11, 2012

And now, for some one-of-a-kind weirdness from Finland: Iron Sky (2012), a daft, funny, visually striking science fiction satire that assaults the world geopolitical climate in broad strokes.

No need for an in-depth summary here: at the end of World War II, survivors of the Third Reich establish a secret moonbase in order to plot their return to power. Fast forward to the present: when a Sarah Palin-like president sends an expedition to the moon as a political stunt, the Fourth Reich sees its window of opportunity.

Iron Sky is wildly uneven in many ways. In particular, the English-language acting is iffy, and the humor misses the mark as often as it hits. But oh, is it ever different, a bizarre, irreverent skiffy retrofuture with moon Nazis, space zeppelins, and the weirdest love triangle of all time. Some of the jokes that don’t fall flat are laugh-out-loud funny, and there are moments of gleeful political incorrectness. (Quote from the peanut gallery: “Oh my god…they went there.”)

The look of the film is amazing, especially the Nazi moonbase with its steampunk tech and its throwback villainy. It also transcends its modest budget to present some impressive space battles. I wouldn’t recommend setting Iron Sky aside for intense filmic study, but if you’re craving something full of eyeball kicks, sight gags, campy shtick and scathing political subtext — well, maybe not even that sub — it’s definitely worth a couple of beers and ninety minutes of your time.

  • Susan Franzblau August 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

    And don’t forget the Nazi female as the epitome of human morality and love. I don’t know why, but the zeppelins in space were just hugely appealing. Oh — you didn’t mention the black-winged evil female costume!

    • Chris East August 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Hah! I do think Jon should write an academic paper about the hair/fascism connection in the movie… 😀

      • Susan Franzblau August 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        I think we could do an entire pseudo-academic book on the movie.

  • Patrick Stokes August 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Love your website, hope as is going well in LA LA land. Going to watch iron skies this week and hit Fanexpo (our closest version of comicon) Canada this coming weekend. You should plan a trip next year to promote your work. Hope all is well.


    • Chris East August 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Hey Pat! Nice to hear from you — glad you like the site, and I hope you like the movie.

      Not exactly in a position to be promoting anything just yet… 🙂 But it looks cool! We should get together next time I’m back that way!