Iron Sky has been on my must watch list for a while now. I love really bad movies and you can tell from the trailer that this one is going to be one of the all time great bad movies. The premise is simple enough: after World War II, the defeated Nazi regime retreated to the moon, where they have been rebuilding their forces and plotting their return to Earth, where the third reich can reign supreme for once and all.
The Nazi moon colony is discovered by two American astronauts, including our hero, James Washington (Christopher Kirby). Washington is immediately taken prisoner and interrogated for information concerning the Earth, but Nazi officer Klaus (Gotz Otto), and his fiancé Renate (Julia Dietze) has a plan to return to Earth with Washington to harvest modern technology and make their army ready for its triumphant return to the Earth.
Unfortuantely, Iron Sky did not live up to my expectations. There is some decent humor here and there, but mostly the film is willing to sell out for any cheap laugh it can get. Having James be the subject of a Nazi experiment to turn his skin white so we can see a black man incapable of adjusting to being white is good for exactly zero jokes. The President of the United States, played by Stephanie Paul, is an over the top caricature of Sarah Palin and everything out of her mouth is some insane conservative stereotype we’ve heard a thousand times before. The cheap jokes and sacrifice of anything clever therein makes this a bit of a chore to get through. The one legitimately funny part was when the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations tried to take credit for the Nazis’ various flying war ships, claiming that his emperor personally designed and built the armada for the glory of North Korean supremacy. The entire United Nations proceeds to laugh hysterically at the idea, and the ambassador is forced to sit back down with his tail between his legs.
Mostly, however, the film insists on telling its story in the most lazy and conventional of ways. Considering it has a pretty fun premise with a lot of potential, it’s a shame that nothing new or interesting is done with that setup. I can’t speak to the differences between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical cut, except that the Director’s Cut is about 15 minutes longer. Given how long the film feels already, I’m betting the theatrical cut is the way to go if there’s any hope of coming out the other end with a positive impression of the film.
Special features include a 90 minute making of documentary about the film, and a 32 page collectors booklet full of production photos. Available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Entertainment One.