COMMENTARY | “Iron Sky,” the satirical science fiction movie about a secret Nazi base on the moon and an American president who looked liked but did not sound like Sarah Palin did not do well in the American market. But there will be a sequel, it seems.
Here is how Coming Soon describes “Iron Sky: The Coming Race.”
“20 years ago Earth was ruined in a nuclear apocalypse. What’s left of humanity is trapped on the Moon – which is now falling apart as well. Mankind’s only hope is to send a small team into the Center of the Earth to retrieve the mythical Holy Grail. All that stands in their way is an ancient race of reptilian humanoids and an army of dinosaurs. How hard could it be?”
I’m not sure, having not yet seen the first movie, how this pertains to anything except people living on the moon. It looks like someone has selected Jules Verne, Indiana Jones, and a number of other science fiction and fantasy tropes, stuck them in a blender, and hit puree.
Rotten Tomatoes gave the first movie about a 36 percent rating and the reviews in the United States were almost universally bad. While a Nazis on the moon story had great potential, either as a serious drama or as farce, “Iron Sky” apparently did not live up to the premise. This is possibly because European humor does not translate very well on western side of the Atlantic.
Just like the Nazis on the moon premise, the quest for the Holy Grail at the Center of the Earth idea has some potential. Since the same director who did the first movie is doing the second, one should not hold much hope that it will be received any better.
The idea, of course, arises that one could do a reimaging of both movies, using solid American director, writer, and cast who are in tune with tastes in the United States, and authorize a budget sufficient for a blockbuster science fiction movie. Perhaps Tina Fey could be persuaded to do Palin again, but this time not as a psychobimbo. That depiction was nasty and off the mark when it first appeared and it is now just old and hackneyed.Now Palin as a misunderestimated American gloriana would be just the thing, however