This one I recommend.

Hysterically silly; impressively made

Where did they come from? Earth. When did they leave? 1945. And where did they go. The dark side of the Moon. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you – Iron Sky, Finland’s most expensive film.

The Nazis discover that Apple products are the only things strong enough to power their death machine.

Yes it appears that my most anticipated film of the year, Iron Sky – an exceptionally bizarre Finnish-German-Australian sci-fi comedy – has finally been released to Swedish theaters. I first learned of this strange project through my father, who is apparently aquainted with many invloved in the production. Seeing as I have waited for its release for so long, and am not sure if it ever is going to arrive in my hometown, this is the first time I’ve traveled to Stockholm just to see a film. It was worth the trip.

The plot is based on the elderly rumours that, after Adolf Hitler died, the remaining Nazis had flead to space somehow. They left in 1945. Iron Sky is set in 2018, where the US President is Sarah Palin (Stephanie Paul) and two men have been sent on a secret mission to the moon for the first time in decades, to find Helium-3. One of them, James Washington (Christopher Kirby), makes a breathtaking discovery – a humungous base inhabited entirely by Nazis has been hiding on the dark side of the moon. Washington is taken hostage by the Nazis, who are revolted by his black skin colour and fascinated by his advanced Earth technology.

There is a big laugh when Washington tells the Nazi scientist, played by Tilo Prückner, that his smartphone is essentially a computer. The scientist scoffs at the little device and walks over to a gigantic piece of complex machinery. “No, this is a computer” he brags.

The Nazis intend to return to Earth and find more smartphone-esque devices to power their enormous war ship. A young Earth specialist named Renate (Julia Dietze) and Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), who intends to marry Renate and later overthrow the current Führer (played by Udo Kier), travel to Earth with Washington, who has now been transformed into a white man by the scientist, to look better amongst the Nazis. Through a series of hilarious misunderstandings, they have been lead to believe that Washington knows President Palin and that she can fix them more smartphones. They travel to Earth and many sorts of hilarity ensue until at last, the Nazi ships attack.

Julia Dietze as Renate (left) and Götz Otto as Adler, boarding one of the Nazi ships.

Peta Sergeant plays Palin’s sarcastic aide Vivian Wagner, who helps get the two Nazis into the White House to speak with the president. When things go apocalyptic , though, she is put in charge of a fleet of spaceships that fights back against the invading Nazis. I don’t know what’s more delightfully silly – the fact that this fleet exists or Wagner’s outfit.

My expectation was that nearly all of the humour in Iron Sky would come from just how silly it deliberately is, but you will find that it is actually a poilitical satire that primarily takes some vicious stabs at the USA and its government, especially Sarah Palin of course. And it is lovely.

Iron Sky is not perfect or fantastic, but it is most surely admirable and impressive in certain aspects. It is directed by Timo Vuorensola, whose team also brought us Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning, and his budget was not the highest. Yet the effects are really damn amazing for a film that cost 20 times less than, say, John Carter. 20 times less. And yet it has all these cool steampunk visuals, eye candy sets and nice costumes. It is certainly a well-made film, even if it has its minor flaws here and there.

I won’t deny that some of the humour falls flat and the acting isn’t always the best, but Iron Sky is nevertheless a film I recommend strongly. It is an absurd but hilarious tale with many genuinely first-rate jokes, a truly awesome score by Laibach (strangely though, their song “B Mashina”, the alleged theme song for Iron Sky which has been used in almost every trailer, is nowhere in the film), an otherwise great selection of songs, likable characters and a surprisingly but effectively sad and unsettling ending. I won’t reveal it, naturally. Something else I loved – how much German was spoken by the Nazis. Think about it; in a Hollywood picture it probably would’ve been translated to (“spoken in”, rather) English for our convenience. In Iron Sky, though, they address each other in their native tongue, as it should be.

I like to think that the message here is that it is the Americans who are the real Nazis and that a Sarah Palin presidency is a infinitely larger threat than Space Nazis will ever be. Needless to say, when this film arrives in the USA, their reactions to its attitude towards them will be a blast to watch.

4.5/5 whatever

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