This is something funny, action-packed, and original in age where Hollywood spews out regurgitated crap. At first glance, it looks like a B-grade adventure flick. Sarah Palin vs Moon Nazis, right? Well, yeah, it is. That's the marketing, anyway. And in this case, NOT marketing it as just a comedy works, as the movie is all-around fleshed out and leaves you surprised when the jokes are funny, the dialogue is better than most comedies nowadays, and the writing is clever (especially from a Finnish-Australian project set in the US and starring WWII Nazis who live on the moon and Americans.) If you go into this blind, your low expectations are pleasantly pushed to the side by delightful comedy, special effects better than you'd think, and a plot and story that almost (almost) makes you want to give a standing ovation at the closing credits. Even if the premise of Nazis advanced enough to mostly master space travel based on 1940's technology makes little sense.
The movie stars a Black actor/model astronaut, James, who is used as a campaign gimmick to get a Sarah Palin parody US president re-elected. Once on the dark side of the moon, he is met by a Nazi colony, who escaped to the moon in the 40s and have been there for 73 years, plotting their return to conquer the world. Once he meets pure-hearted Nazi schoolteacher Renate, her, her fiance soon-to-be Fuher Adler, and James return to Earth. Adler prepares it for invasion, as Renate learns the benefits of being a successful campaign speech writer in modern day New York. And then there's foul-mouthed, brash, and abrasive Vivian, the anti-villain of the story and campaign manager who just wants to be with Adler, who soon ends up scorning her advances. This all leads to an epic showdown with Adler and the Space Nazis versus President not-Palin and promoted ship commander Vivian as Renate and James try to save their respective worlds from war.
For a somewhat low-budget movie that mocks / mimicks American culture, its actually fairly decent and most pass off as believable Americans and the movie itself looks like a professional big studio comedy. The dialogue was surprisingly sharp and witty and the movie itself is just so absurd, you'd have to be the most pretentious film snob to not appreciate the balsy epicness of Space Nazis.
Bottom line, this is a comedy/sci-fi/adventure flick that's just well written, directed, and acted. You feel like you've sat through awesomeness when its over. (Though the ending is kind of a bummer and a little too serious for the rest of the movie.) "Iron Sky" is along the lines of "Dr. Strangelove" or "Mars Attacks." Some might call it 'campy', but its really just refreshing and entertaining. You'll be surprised in a good way after watching this and maybe even itching for more. Don't listen to the negative reviews. If a battle that pits a Sarah Palin parody against Space Nazis with an actual decent plot sounds like something that appeals to you in any way, do yourself a favor and watch this movie! (Legally if you can, as to support the creators!)