By Roger Longenbach
Apr 18, 2012 12:12 AM EST

Iron Sky Theatrical Review

Will everyone who doesn’t think that Nazis on the moon is a funny idea, please leave the room.
Iron Sky Theatrical Review
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"Will everyone who doesn't think that Nazis on the moon is a funny idea, please leave the room."  Yes, that is what the basic plot of this magnificent homage to classic B-movies is.  Iron Sky is a partially crowd-funded indie film that is more than just that basic plot.  The final product ended up being the most expensive movie ever made in Finland, with scenes being shot both in Finland and in Australia.  But from how well the CGI is you can't really tell how low the final budget really was in comparison to modern major motion pictures – it's just the icing on the cake for a really enjoyable movie.  No, this isn't a movie about modern social problems, or how a girl ends up with a boy.  Take it for what it is – a true popcorn movie that will make you laugh and cheer.

The story is two-fold:  First, a group of Nazis escaped to Antarctica in 1945, where they launched a rocket to the moon and built a colony on the dark side.  There they stayed, developing their own technology for space flight and space weapons unknown to the rest of the world.  Until 2018, when the current U.S. President, who is a caricature of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama combined, decides that she needs to get a African-American on the moon in order to be reelected (this is the other part of the story, and plays a crucial part throughout) So she restarts the moon program, and sends two men to the moon, one of whom is an African-American actor.  Unknowingly they land right outside the Nazi base, setting the rest of the movie in motion.  The Nazis believe that the world is finally preparing for an attack, and they send two officers, Klaus (played by Götz Otto) and his bride-to-be, Renate (played by Julia Dietze), who happens to be the main expert on Earth culture.  The two of them meet the President in an almost The Mouse That Roared scenario and end up unknowingly aiding the President for a short while, before the rest of the Nazis show up.  Julia Dietze's take of Renate is one of the key aspects for this film, as her character is one that develops throughout the film.  Because of cult-like brainwashing, her character knows nothing of the bad things the Nazis did on Earth, and so watching her lose her innocence during the film is partially heartbreaking, but she is able to atone for her beliefs by the end.

The movie paces very well, with almost no parts that drag.  Some of the best parts have to do with the recurring jabs at modern culture, especially when seen from the eyes of a Nazi stuck with almost 1945s culture.  From the size of computers, North Korea, George W Bush, and even a parody of the Downfall parodies that show up on YouTube, this movie is the near flawless mix of action and humor in an splendid homage to classic B-movies.
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MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 93 minutes
Distributed By: Entertainment One

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