Director: Robert D. Krzykowsk
Screenplay: Robert D. Krzykowski
Starring: Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Larry Miller, Ron Livingston
Running Time: 98 min
BBFC Certificate: 15
Highly ingenious with a ridiculous title and directed by Robert Krzykowski The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, really is unlike anything else and possibly is not about Hitler or the Bigfoot at all, but has a much deeper meaning.
The film opens as young Calvin Barr (Aidan Turner) is on his impassioned mission to kill Hitler disguised as a Nazi with a cleverly hidden gun specially made for the hit. Of course he is unable to tell anyone about the mission, which was hushed up by the governments on both sides, history only tells the story we are told in the history books today. We jump backwards and forwards in time and find out the government are so impressed with his hit on Hitler that they want him out of retirement for a very special mission to save humanity.
Older Calvin Barr (Sam Elliott) is marvellous as the awe-inspiring unknown and reluctant hero of World War II who is still on the government’s radar. The FBI and Royal Canadian Mountain Police want him to bump off Bigfoot, who apparently does not have very big feet but is carrying a disease which could destroy life as we know it.
The real story here is about regret and normal people in abnormal situations, heavily supported with notable acting and profound thinking, creating an impassioned film with a stately ambience. I must admit the title made me think I was in for a B-movie, but I got a shock and discovered I was watching a stylish, intelligent film. There are some interesting ideas here, including Calvin’s thoughts on his past heroic actions, that killing Hitler only destroyed a man and not an abhorrent idea that could not be stopped. I was left with the feeling that the film needed to be watched again for a better understanding…a revisit is most definitely required.
The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is released digitally on the 15th of April and DVD and Blu-ray on the 6th May.
I reviewed The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot on line, so I am unable to comment on the disc quality. However I did get a chance of a sneaky peek at the extras, which included Making Of, Deleted Scenes, a Joe Kraemer Interview and “Elsie Hooper” a short noir puppet film. It’s a great idea to have a look at the extras for this one, as you get a chance to find out what the film makers are thinking and understand the multiple layers of this quite splendid film.