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Friday 25 May 2012, 11:43

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I've been following the progress of the Nazis on the moon movie Iron Sky for years. It has finally arrived in UK cinemas - or has it?

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    Comment number 1.

    I've been wanting to see this since you drew my attention to it a year or two ago, and because of the one day release fiasco, I missed it showing at my local indie cinema on Wednesday (Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds).

    Hopefully now I'll get another chance to see it although I don't think it will be as enjoyable in a big multiplex as some people simply won't 'get it', as I can't help but think that it's one for the more independent cinema clientelle, or is that just snobbery on my part?

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    Comment number 2.

    'Iron Sky' most likely won't be screening on the Isle of Wight. Probably, the Harbour Lights will show it in Southampton but as I said, last year on a different blog, that'd incur a return ferry ticket and I simply can't afford that. Similarly, 'The Angel's Share' and 'Moonrise Kingdom' aren't showing. I remain sceptical as to whether 'Cosmopolis' will ever get down here, either. I'm completely and utterly fed up with this and - as with my filmmaking - I'm increasingly feeling I should just go my own way with it. The thing with 'Iron Sky' (along with 'Monsters', 'Colin', 'The Magician' and others) is that filmmakers and film fans are being left high and dry by the two industries of film production and distribution and therefore are beginning to go their own way with things. If such a movement is actually gathering momentum as I suspect it might be, then I will certainly be a part of it.

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    Comment number 3.

    I went to a cinema with what can only described as several like minded folk in Edinburgh's Cameo. Great venue to watch! Revolver got boo's, the big jokes got laughs and claps and the film ended with a round of applause. Best atmosphere I've experienced for a film and a great win for watching films outside of the big chains. Despite the reviews from several critics, the people that wanted to see it sought it out and seem to have thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Comment number 4.

    Been waiting to watch this film for about two years after randomly finding it on the internet. I was then incredibly annoyed with the one day release, and then even when they allowed more screenings, it was only at selected cinemas. Although the film itself was fantastic, I enjoyed it so much I watched it twice on it's only release day at my nearest multiplex. Great film!

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    Comment number 5.

    I was very disappointed to see the one day relase of Iron Sky, after a couple of years of following the production.
    When the announcement of an extended release was made, I had no local cinema showing it. Until an independant cinema shows this, I'll have to make do with the Blu-Ray... which is already on order.
    Still very excited to finally be seeing the movie.

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    Comment number 6.

    Here in Finland Iron Sky has naturally got big audiences and even in our local small town theater it was showing for four weeks! Normally hit movies get two weeks at most.

    Being a b-film fan I was eagerly anticipating the film but I have to say it was even better than I thought. I assumed lots of skits and jokes about films, but what I didn't expect was surprising script and the fact that it was a "real" film rather than some comedy show. I actually was moved in the end, wow, that was something unexpected!

    Of course the film was mostly comedy but in that charming way some b films can be. Now we just have to wait for those guys behind the red planet...

    Oh and it definitely worked great on big screen.

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    Comment number 7.

    You may be happy to learn that Edinburgh's lovely Cameo cinema will be showing Iron Sky all week. I'll be going there this weekend

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    Comment number 8.

    I saw it at the Prince Charles on Wednesday, and can confirm that the atmosphere was excellent with plenty of laughs and applause at the end.

    Aside from being a little flat in places and a slightly 'meh' ending, Iron Sky met expectations and I'll be acquiring the DVD to add to the little collection of discs reserved for those times when friends are round and beer is being consumed.

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    Comment number 9.

    Grosvenor Cinema (of Avengers "because they ran out of letters" fame) in Glasgow will be showing Iron Sky over the weekend, Friday and Saturday.

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    Comment number 10.

    I don't suppose anyone (Dr K perhaps?) could tell me if it is/was in any cinema's in the Plymouth area? I spent £35 quid in petrol driving around every cinema I could think of in the area on wednesday and not one cinema was showing it - not even the huge Vue multiplex on the Barbican!

    Some of my non-cinema-going-computer-loving friends have informed me they can get me a copy via the infamous online black market but i do not wish to do that Instead I would like to appeal to see if anyone knows if it will eb released on DVD soon or will be back in cinemas in my area at some point? Giant hugs and kisses to the one that does!

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    Comment number 11.

    I saw this at Manchester's Cornerhouse on Wednesday evening, wanting to love it, and I mostly enjoyed the spectacle. I agree it looks impressive - the sets, costumes and special effects certainly belie the budget, and the nods to other films, Downfall in particular, drew well-deserved laughter.

    But I'd describe this as an eccentric B-movie at best, and there were times when I felt decidedly uncomfortable watching it. Several of the early 'laughs' are drawn at the expense of overtly racist 'humour', and that's before we get to the Germans...

    As someone who has lived in Germany and has spent years trying to dismantle the stereotypical "we have ways of making you talk" impression that lots of people still have of Germany, I was actually quite troubled by some of the imagery and characterisation on screen.

    Yes, I know it was poking fun at all of that and yes, the film's premise is preposterous and yes, I love a silly space film more than lots of my friends. But the thing is, if you're going to use humour to address this subject, then your script has to be very, very clever indeed, and this just wasn't.

    Glad I saw it, but sadly not one of the films I'll be watching over and over again.

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    Comment number 12.

    I saw IS at Liverpool Fact (where the good Doctor kindly signed my DVD of The Ninth Configuration, merci) with a hugely appreciative audience. I was sat close to the (2.35:1) screen and a little apprehensive that an action and effects-driven film costing only 7 million odd Euros would suffer in widescreen theatrical scrutiny, but it held up excellently. I'm also glad it was an action comedy with dramatic elements rather than an out-and-out farce. And top marks for keeping the evocative theme song from the original promo film all those years ago! I've read snotty mainstream reviews that complain it's not funny or outrageous enough and compare it negatively to that other low budget fascist-inflected independent Finnish film, Starship Troopers, but such comments are purile, as are those that claim it's all title and no substance. IS has more depth with regards to its treatment of the 'Moon' Nazis than many more 'serious' films about the real-life ones. For instance, the 'Moon''s peculiar mixture of advanced and archaic technology is pretty historically accurate: the real Nazis had rocket technology but no radar, a submarine fleet but no aircraft carriers, etc. And the fact that ex-Nazi scientists really did take America to the Moon (Wiki Operation Paperclip, where it all began) means that however goofy IS's premise might initially sound, there's a lingering reality about it. Alternitive history yes, but not at all far removed from our own.

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    Comment number 13.

    I saw it Wednesday at HMVCurzon in Wimbledon and really enjoyed it. This could have so easily been a one joke film that runs out of steam after 10 minutes but the story expanded to take a swipe at various targets and althought i felt it rushed to the conclusion too soon, at no point did i feel bored or think when is this going to end. In visual terms the film looked great the sets and special effects made the film look like it cost many times its budget and level of detail showed. My only niggle was that Sarah Palin spoke with a southern accent when shes from Alaska and Udo Kier was given little to do.

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    Comment number 14.

    “I would like to appeal to see if anyone knows if it will eb released on DVD soon?” #10

    Iron Sky DVD on Amazon – “Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 28 May 2012.”

    The one day release is bizarre. I assume it’s solely so the distributor could stand in court and say they’d fulfilled their side of a contract by giving I.S. a cinema release, no matter how limited.

    I’m looking forward to it when it arrives on DVD.

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    Comment number 15.

    Got to see it in Belfast's QFT on Wednesday evening. (Every seat was sold, and they've arranged two matinees this weekend.)

    http://alaninbelfast.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/iron-sky-cheesy-far-fetched-challenging.html

    The film’s serene ending is an amazing act of directorial bravery and left the QFT audience in stunned silence as the final scenes were projected onto the screen. Politically the film is more anti-American than anti-Nazi.

    Yet through its fictional storyline it manages to question Western attitudes, military destruction, and challenge the corrupting nature of political power. Not bad going for a cheesy and far-fetched piece of science fiction. It will join Serenity on the list of cult scifi.

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    Comment number 16.

    I saw it at the HMVCurzon in Wimbledon where it was on for one night only. I was disappointed to find the cinema only half full. Not quite the 'Sold Out' that we'd been led to believe. The film was good fun. The script was pretty cheesy and the plot only held together every now and then, but the sets and special effects were excellent. I think that fewer special effects and a better script/story would have given a much more satisfying end product. Having said all that, I enjoyed it and I'm glad that i went to see it. The ending is moving and was quite unexpected as the rest of the film was played for laughs.

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    Comment number 17.

    I saw it at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in Belgium, which has kind of an undesirable audience who treat every film like a drinking game; except instead of drinking there is shouting. A lot of shouting.

    I thought the film had some excellent laughs, beautiful art design, and a decent enough political satire for a cheesy film that doesn't take anything too seriously. But I honestly did expect a more imaginative story and I don't think the film would've lost any charm if the Nazis had a bit more brains. The smartest person in Iron Sky was the Sarah Palin character, which should say enough.

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    Comment number 18.

    Yay for the UK, and yay for where I live as apparently they've finally announced a release data in my country as well (22nd of June).

    I'll have to refrain from comments until then, when it will be a bit late for the blog, but it's only fair to speak of films one has seen. Unless it's to say things like, I want to see this film, from what I've seen it looks great, and it deserves a big screen release.

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    Comment number 19.

    I don't know what you mean by "like-minded people" Dr. K. Does that mean everyone has to part of some kind of Occupy movement? Or people that are entertained by terrible films? I don't understand.

    And I actually wanted to see this until you showed that last clip.

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    Comment number 20.

    Saw it in Liverpool. Well, I saw half of it. I had to walk out after an hour, and would have walked out earlier if I hadn't had to convince my girlfriend to ditch it too.

    The concept is brilliant, and the first four minutes posted online are really good, but the movie isn't funny at all. The joke about USB? Seriously? That's the quality of joke you're leaving in the script?
    Obviously they spent much more time on the effects than the writing. I have no idea why they had to turn their protagonist into a stupid, impotent tramp after twenty minutes. It would have been so much better if he had kicked Nazi ass, Inglourious Basterds style. I don't know, maybe he did in the end, but by that point I was on the train home.

    It might be OK seeing it in a cinema with a like minded crowd, as Dr. K says, but the packed theatre I saw it with were a bunch of imbeciles. Who laughs at a black man sniffing a weed plant? Al Murray fans and 14 year olds.

 

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