Iron Sky (aka Rautataivas) review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso
Finnish director Timo Vuorensola wants to make Nazis funny in ‘Iron Sky’. Here they are Moon Nazis, their HQ is the moon, and to rule the world is just one of their many out-of-this world plans.
Udo Kier stars as General Wolfgang Kortzfleisch. It is 2018 and he and most of the Nazi scientists have been living on the dark side of the moon since the fall of their empire in 1945. Their home base is a fully functioning military base and while stationed on the moon, they have been creating the Götterdämmerung, a warship that would reclaim Earth as their own. Nazis almost had the world in World War II, so this is crazy talk that could almost happen.
But ‘Iron Sky’ is not a spoof or even a parody. It’s a movie that takes itself too seriously for something that wants to be funny. Udo Kier knows how to balance ham and acting chops but the rest of the cast are just dour and dumb. As it is, Moon Nazis of the future should be like shooting the moon –mind the pun— when it comes to plot, but good grief, spare a few laughs will you? A few is too many from ‘Iron Sky’.
Whose fault it is that made an interesting pitch as ‘Iron Sky’ into a dull interpretation, who knows. Let’s blame all (except Udo Kier, he knows what he’s doing, he knows it’s dull and that’s what he likes) for this monstrosity. The effects are no better. We’re not expecting George Lucas-later ‘Star Wars’ special effects here but if you’re making funny sci-fi at this day and age, technology can help you sparkle (and even cover up the blandness.) The script is nonsensical (thanks, Michael Kalesniko and Timo Vuorensola); for something this outrageous, the nonsense should have been well thought out.
However, watch ‘Iron Sky’ on a lazy afternoon while you’re chugging beer and munching on chips. You’re awake at the beginning, take a nap in the middle, and awake at nighttime realizing the movie is still on. It’s fun when you make it. Maybe.