Friday, 11 January 2013

JANUARY 11, 2013

013 IRON SKY (2012) Directed by Timo Vurensolo ***

Towards the end of WW2 the Nazis managed to establish a base on the dark side of the moon (seems some people really believe this!) and are just waiting to reconquer the Earth. Bizarre?  You bet! but then IRON SKY is a pretty bizarre movie. A co-production between Germany, Australia and Finland and made with money largely raised on the internet the film really deserves to be seen if only for the enthusiasm of the people behind the project.  It's not great, mainly I felt because of the rather scattergun approach to the comedy which just throws every joke it can think of at the audience - but, I suppose, if a joke is bad another one will be along within a few seconds. I felt a little more restraint and a bit more straight faced satire would have worked better. There are some good one-liners (especially from the Sarah Palin like U.S.President) and there is a nice self-depreciating joke at the expense of the Finnish co-producers if you are quick enough to catch it. Udo Keir plays the new Fuhrer as if to the job born and the rest of the cast (who I confess are completely unknown to me) are fine.  The big plus in the film's favour is the really excellent CGI and model work which achieves the perfect balance between h-tec sci-fi and appealing steam-punk.

Iron Sky


James wellyousaythat said...

Yes I enjoyed Iron Sky for what it was and as you rightly say it is visually top notch. I guess that the premise is so good that it takes a lot to live up to it. By the way The 'hero' of the piece has my name: James Washington or should I say my nome de plume when I was a DJ in the West End during the eighties.

Cerpts said...

Wow, Nazis on the Moon??? You know I've gotta check that one out.

Weaverman said...

Fascinating, James. I always find it interesting how people can come up with bizarre personal connections with films. When I was working we used to play a little game based on this. You'd have scored high points for your names turning up in a film about nazis on the moon!