For those who haven’t heard of Iron Sky I feel sorry for and this is my chance to introduce you to one of the best films of 2012.
This film takes the visual elements of modern exploitation films such as Bitch Slap, Death Proof, Planet Terror and Sucker Punch. It uses archetypal characters like “the snappy black dude” and “the crazy lady” yet re-make them into something new. Something more.
The story is crazy, innovative and epic. Using anecdotes from WW2 and innovations that scientists worked on during the early 1900′s. Among these things is “albinofication” where one get injected with a substance that make one look Aryan. Also, there are zeppelins, “the cleansing” and solidarity. One perfect phrase that sums up the essence of The Fourth Reich’s teachings is the one that main-character Renate (Julia Dietze) says to the other main (James Washington):
The world is sick. And we are the doctors.
At the same time as the Germans plan the invasion the president of the United States is making plans of her own. She welcomes the invasion in order to get re-elected. In this, excuse my french, fucked-up world the hunger for power excuses all actions. Here they use references to previous presidents as George W. Bush.
Some of the main themes in Iron Sky is to celebrate individuality. Just because one look, act or speak differently doesn’t mean they’re any less of a human being. Other things the film tells us is that smartphones are the tool to world domination, solidarity is the key to… unhappiness if it’s to extreme. Also, don’t ever make a black man white. There will be gun-fire and possible death.
Apart from the general epicness of the film it also uses frequent and interesting references to works like Doctor Who (1963), The Great Dictator (1940) and Jaws (1975). This is to help give context to how it once was, and how it should be. On the other hand it’s just plain funny, weird and awesome. For those, like I, who have a love for these kind of anecdotes this film will blow your mind. For more references click here (also described when and how the references appear).
Iron Sky can be described with two words. “Crazy Awesome”.