Sky falls short of limit
IKE its title, Iron Sky is a film of odd contrasts – some pleasing and some maddening.
Shot in Brisbane and at Village Roadshow Studios, the sci-fi spoof depicts a colony of moondwelling Nazis (hiding out since losing the war in ’45) plotting a flying saucer invasion of Earth.
Fighting the good fight is a himbo male model (Melbournebased Christopher Kirby) sent to the moon as a PR stunt for the US president, a stale Sarah Palin parody.
Iron Sky’s genre mash mostly works a treat, with director Timo Vuorensola incorporating influences from Mel Brooks, Dr. Strangelove and bad ’50s sci-fi neatly dovetailing for a camp final product happy to throw its audience winks with both eyes.
The gags are a mix of sharp parody and broad slapstick, but alas the quantity of hits to misses is just outside the forgivable ratio. Dampening the vibe further are the dated references to Palin and even poor old George W. Bush.
The freewheeling narrative gives, at times, the feeling that the story is being made up as the film goes on, evidence of the Finnish creative team’s background in hand-made fan films for the internet audience.
California-born actor Christopher Kirby stars as the black hero but spends most of his screen-time hidden under an unappealing sheen of grey makeup when the Nazis dye him white.
It’s another of Iron Sky’s odd contrasts – why hire a charismatic stud only to spoil his looks and cut his scenes to within an inch of their life?
Iron Sky scores additional points for showing the work of Queensland crews off to the world. Visually, the film is outstanding, particularly given its modest budget. The Nazis’ Albert Speerinspired moon base is a wonder and there’s a real wit to the costumes, sets and visual effects.
While its promise of cult status may go unkept, it will live on as another high-line studio product from the region that’s produced Peter Pan, Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Terra Nova.
Director Timo Vuorensola