B-Movies are a lot of fun, especially for late night entertainment when the brain is tired after a long day of stressful activities. Iron Sky looks to replicate the winning stylistics of the B-Movie genre by sticking some Nazis on the moon and seeing where it leads us. Comically styled, overtly stupid, but just not very good. It’s an unfortunate misfire that manages to be a little too good for a genre it tries to both embrace and mock at the same time.
That’s not to say Iron Sky isn’t a fun time. There are standout moments that will lead to some laugh out loud scenes, but most of those scenes are contained in the earlier parts of the movie. When the laughter stops, it’s because Iron Sky is trying to focus on a genuine story about the Nazis taking over America, in what is a surprise mockery of former U.S. Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. It’s a genuinely solid portrayal, and Stephanie Paul manages to give us some enjoyable enough lines that will bring out a few laughs.
But that’s about it for laughter, and her scenes are few and far between. A mad scientist powers the Nazi death ray or whatever it happened to be with an iPhone. With that being said, it’s possibly one of the few funny pieces that the movie has to offer. Legendary B-Movie actor Udo Kier makes an appearance, as expected his performance is off, like he couldn’t care less to be in the movie, but also couldn’t be bothered to really give us an insane performance. He appears in so much shlock, yet fails to reach the interpretively incredible heights that the genre would elicit from an actor. He doesn’t ham it up, nor does he chew the scenery, he plays his performance straight in a film that really doesn’t require it.
For some reason, Iron Sky feels like a B-Movie that attempts to also be a satirical take on the United States’ government of the time. The sequel, I feel, will probably attempt to do the exact same thing, and it really wouldn’t surprise me if that is in fact the case. Parodies of Downfall and every action trope you can think of, but without the competency to make it feel like a heartfelt nod. It feels more like a desperate attempt to be popular and accepted into the culture and genre of film it can’t help but unreservedly mock.