As printed in the mX Thursday May 10 2012. Click to make big or just read the text below.
NAZI ROMP NOT SILLY ENOUGH
Starring: Udo Kier, Gotz Otto, Julia Dietze, Chris Kirby
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Since the end of World War II the Nazis have been hiding out on the dark side of the moon, waiting for their time to reconquer Earth.
Now they’re coming for us, and their first priority is to steal all our iPods.
It sounds pretty ridiculous, right?
Well here’s a sentence I bet you never thought you’d read - the problem with this space Nazi movie is that it isn’t ridiculous enough.
Iron Sky is an international co-production between Finland, Germand and Australia.
Partly funded by an online fan community, the enthusiasm behind the scenes will be enough for many viewers to overlook the flaws in the final product.
Former Bond villain Gotz Otto is the standout performer, chewing up his scenes as Klaus Adler - the heir to the Fuhrer’s throne - with equal parts charm and menace.
The visuals are stunning and up there with your typical effects-laden Hollywood feature.
Yes, some of the acting is atrocious, and the jokes are too few and far between for this to be considered the clever, goofy comedy it should have been.
Overall it shoots too far in a Star Wars direction when perhaps it would have been better served heading for Spaceballs territory.
But as the old saying goes, “wow them in the end and you’ve got ahit”. And while Iron Sky doesn’t necessarily go out with a bang, the climax is strangely affecting.
You may just find yourself leaving the cinema feeling better about life - as well as Nazis.