Iron Sky (2012)
Brief review: This Finnish-German-Australian co-production, titled "Iron Sky", tells the story of Nazi Germans who, after being defeated during WWII back in 1945, escaped to the Moon where they built a space fleet to return in 2018 and conquer the Earth. Featuring bleached-out black man, female US president, tons of sarcastic political jokes, endless irony, amusing overacting and, of course, Nazis on the moon, "Iron Sky" is just as original as it's ludicrous. But it's intentionally ludicrous, in order to be funny, and it is. Well, it is not necessarily laugh-out-loud hilarious, but most of the gags work, and the movie's silliness isn't annoying at all. First-time director Timo Vuorensola deserves some credit for his original approach and spot-on execution. "Iron Sky" cost $7.5 million to make, but it looks at least twice as expensive. The special effects are polished, neat and rich in detail. The Nazi's swastika-shaped secret moon base is stunning to look at, the old-school spaceships are finely-designed, and the color filters used by the cinematographer add stylishness and retro feel to the visuals. Not to mention the impressive battle scenes in the space, which are pure spectacle. Acting-wise, the film is pretty decent as well. Götz Otto is fantastic as the stone-cold evil-minded general, Adler, Julia Dietze is smoking hot as the curious schoolteacher, Renate, and Christopher Kirby delivers as the 'white' black man, Washington.
Overall summary: All the silliness aside, "Iron Sky" is actually a funny, enjoyable, well-made and pretty unique 'Nazi' sci-fi comedy, that proudly boasts some surprisingly cool-looking CGIs and other technical qualities, in spite of its fairly limited budget and inexperienced director.