Everyone hates Nazis, right? Well what about Nazis that have been living on the dark side of the moon for 70 years and who use zeppelin-shaped capital ships that drag bits of moon rock behind them to bombard the Earth from orbit? Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?
I know, the words “Nazis are cool” will get the Anti-Defamation League sicced on you quicker than you can say “nobody ever talks about all the good things Hitler did.” But I’m not talking about real Nazis; I’m talking instead of the bizarre science-fiction dark comedy/action movie Iron Sky, which features (you guessed it) Space Nazis hell-bent on invading Earth and conquering it in the name of the Fourth Reich.
I had a chance to catch Iron Sky on Netflix yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The general plot is that a pair of American astronauts sent back to the moon in 2018 in an effort to pad a decidedly Sarah Palin-esque US President’s re-election bid discover a massive swastika-shaped colony on the dark side of the moon, filled with members of the National Socialist Party that fled from Germany in the final days of World War II, biding their time and working on rebuilding their numbers sufficiently to bring the “love” of the Fourth Reich to Earth once more, and what starts out as an over-the-top science-fiction action movie soon ends up turning into an absolutely hilarious dark comedy, satirizing race relations, politics, propaganda, and war in the same vein as Doctor Strangelove, though a bit less subtle.
I won’t give away the plot in the slightest – because it’s absolutely something that you must see without any previous knowledge in order to enjoy to its fullest – but I will say that within the first half hour of the film, there’s a parody of that series of “Hitler loses his shit” YouTube videos. If you’re unfamiliar with the scene I’m referencing, here’s an excellent – and extremely Not Safe For Work example:
In any rate, whether you love Nazis or hate them, you will most likely get a kick out of this movie, though I will warn you that the ending can be a bit dark in comparison to the tone of the rest of the film – but it doesn’t detract from the overall experience.