Starring: Lara Rossi, Vladimir Burlakov, Tom Green, Udo Kier
Written by: Dalan Musson, Jarmo Puskala, Johanna Sinisalo, Timo Vuorensola
Directed by: Timo Vuorensola
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Reviewed by: Dan Oles
This comparatively small budget used is indistinguishable from bigger budgets in terms of costumes, computer animation, camera quality, post production, and even acting caliber with some big names and veterans in the cast. Massive sets are augmented by realistic digital backdrops and all kinds of pyrotechnics and chase scenes and science fiction spectacle is all here without any name studios being involved. It’s a beautifully shot and high grade film you could compare to any current generation blockbuster and have difficulty telling the difference in any aesthetic terms.
But on the flip side, just like a lot of contemporary blockbusters, the writing is beyond terrible.
The story is superficial at best, nonsensical at worst. What was originally a film series begun on the back of a joke about Space Nazis (and a now more than a little petty feud with Sarah Palin) has evolved in scope but not in substance. It’s the same weird combination of stale jokes and inventive but derivative action sequences.
When I said Iron Sky 2 could be mistaken for a blockbuster I also meant in terms of lack of an overall interesting cast, style over all philosophy, instantly dated memes, an irritating and pointless exposition-heavy narration throughout, a baffling amount of drawn-out melodrama (despite the fact that this film, like the last one, is essentially a running gag) and even some blatant product placement. The plot is so rote you could replace these barely-there characters with any other famous adventuring archetype and the script wouldn’t have to change.
Heck, some dialogue is cliched to the point it actually detracts from the other jokes.
You can’t make a flippant joke about cell phones one minute and then literally have a scene in which the heroes sacrifice themselves set to dramatic music and slow motion and still expect the audience to feel anything. It all goes exactly where it seems to be going and it all ends exactly the way you think it will. The only thing that will take you by surprise is the stupider story decisions made and what the film has the incompetence to try to take ‘seriously’.
It’s oddly mean-spirited for a comedy: parading personal targets of the creators around just to sneer at. I wonder if some families are a little annoyed at their dead loved ones being portrayed as murderous monsters. The only thing to movie hates more than Steve Jobs is humans as a species.
If nothing is sacred and it’s all a big laugh, why does the film keep cautiously having didactic moments of female empowerment and overwrought attempts at meaningful character scenes?
It’s a hot mess. It’s a pretty mess, but a jumbled and ugly waste of money and talent. If you absolutely have to watch Hitler riding on a tyrannosaurus this is probably the only film where that happens. But you could always watch the trailer and see the best bits without the interminable padding and enduring the dumber jokes and terrible accents.
At least Udo Kier seems to be having fun, probably because he got paid for his time.
As for the audience, your time sadly will be nonrefundable.
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