Review~ A really bad film that lost it’s funny bone to political satire; Iron Sky

Iron Sky, with Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant, Goto Otto & Christopher Kirby.  Timo Vuorensola, director.  I had run into some website a couple of years ago, perhaps on FB, when this movie was in the planning & they’d had some production designs & sketches.  The layout looked interesting & the plot seemed promising.  The idea that I saw was that it was to be an ironic comedy & the potential seemed positive.  So… Yes, I’ve had this film in the back of my mind for a while with reminders to watch for its release.   You’ll have noticed that I like to scope things out sometimes & wait for it, like a crocodile under the river bank waiting for a good meal to saunter past.  Can you imagine the disappointment & dismay I felt when this turned out to be a lame political satire & a joke?  Who is the butt of this joke, really?  The film makers.

The premise, at the end of World War II a refugees in a secret Nazi space program left the Earth to take up residence on the dark side of the Moon, waiting for vengeance &/or a return to the planet in some sort of triumph – seemed well enough – with a touch of steam punk, gray metal & melodrama fueling a comedic clash of civilizations.  Modern Earth & throwback Nazi’s with lots of steam punk gear, giant chains & metal.

Udo Kier is featured in this movie & his ability to say nothing with wide-eyes served him well.  He’s been around for a long, long time.  A European fixture.  However; one could have directed this bastion of the past’s Euro velvet underground to move around a bit & say something other than half-baked cameo lines.  He barely moves his head, but he does sit & stand a little bit.

The CGI was actually fantastic.  A lot of visual trickery to make up for a low-budget, if it’s well done, can make the day – if everything else falls into place.  Which it didn’t.

I love political satire.  It’s a tradition of Western Culture & a revered right of its inhabitants; but a cheap shot is a cheat & taking aim at dead horses accomplishes nothing.  The satire in this film targeted the U.S.  In order for satire to work it has to be a truth telling.  Not from a foreign or uninvolved perspective or an ignorant viewpoint.  The irony, conveyed by the film, wasn’t lost on me.  I got it.  I understood.  I also saw it for what it was.  Ultra liberal, European hogwash.  I’m sure someone Germanic thought it was funny & I know for a fact that there is an audience for anti-American vitriol (in this form of exaggerated reality & more than a touch of out & out lies).  Maybe it’ll make a modest profit in some back alley theater in a run down section of Berlin.  I hope so, for its own investment.

The film isn’t going to be understood entirely by American audiences but there will be a few who nod their heads in agreement between the over-drama & marching Nazi thugs.  Parroting anti-U.S. sentiment, from another land.

The performances by the actors (other than Kier) were adequate & stuck (somewhat) to normal comedic formulas, already successful.  Everywhere.  Droning on about nothing for a while, then emphasizing something that is supposed to click into a good joke or line.  Calling this a B-movie would be flattery.

All in all, what could have been a great & ironic comedy – coupled with superb CGI & imagery – fell flat.  I actually only laughed once & smiled briefly at an actor that was supposed to be playing some sort of a Sarah Palin-like U.S. president, surrounded by evil conservatives, not too different than the dead old Nazis.

Water under the bridge isn’t funny & neither is this film.  Nobody likes a bad pun.  No body of any worth, that is.

Avoid this movie, unless you’re a rabid communist, sitting in a cafe, pretending to be a revolutionary from a hundred years in the past.

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    • I’m saying avoid it, but aside from the political satire which put me off, it was still less that what I expected. But you may still like it. I read what reviews (like mine) have to say, then make up my own mind. You’re certainly welcome to disagree with me, even so far as to make it public through comment. :-)

    • I’ll probably check it out soon :) I love Dead Snow and The Keep is an old favourite. There is an interesting, low budget Nazi Horror-type movie called The Devil’s Rock which is worth a look. You may have seen these, let me know what you think x

    • I might have seen The Keep a very long time ago, apparently it’s a 1983 film & I notice Ian McKellen & Jurgen Prochnow are in the cast which sounds very familiar. I watched Dead Snow last year & I remember being entertained but I can’t for the life of me remember anything else about it except for Nazi zombies. This Devil’s Rock thing looks interesting but might be a bit too formulaic for my tastes. Cheap horror (for me) needs to be really bad, or must contain something interesting, or must be really good (none of which depends on a budget) to keep my attention. I spent my teens in the 1970’s watching Lair of the White Worm, Driller Killer & the like (for my horror ration). So I’m a bit set in my ways in what I expect from these things. I will put The Keep on my list again to see as I love McKellen & Prochnow. Thank you, thank you! There’s always something to watch, isn’t there.