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By James Whittington, Wednesday 27th March 2019 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot Epic Pictures Certificate TBA
At FrightFest 2018 there was one movie that many of us really wanted to catch, mainly because it starred Sam Elliott and had the best title, ever! The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot stars Sam Elliott and Aidan Turner and is a film that defies categorisation and is sublime as it is diverting.
Decades after serving in WWII and assassinating Adolf Hitler, Calvin Barr (Elliott/Turner) is enlisted as the only man for the job: to hunt down the fabled Bigfoot. Living a peaceful life in New England reflecting on his lost love Maxine (Caitlin FitzGerald), the war veteran is contacted by the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to lead the charge to capture the elusive beast that is carrying a deadly plague. Can he find the dangerous creature deep inside the Canadian wilderness before it's too late?
Its rare that a movie can jump genres with ease but this one does so many times, carrying the viewer on a journey of tragedy, humour, unspoken accomplishments and lost chances. Sam Elliott proves once more that he can add pathos and depth to any character he steps into and Barr is probably one of the most challenging of his career so far. Barr is haunted and unsatisfied with his past yet hangs onto it with equal amounts of anger and compunction. Turner and FitzGerald add much to this surreal experience, they provide the innocent, romantic pull of the film building a relationship that's too good to be true for such a situation. Writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski delivers a debut that is compelling in its audacity to mix so extreme topics and bold in his mounting of each scene. Seriously, no second is wasted here with each shot perfectly framed with subtle details of Barr's long life.
The score from Joe Kraemer creates the mood with bold sweeps, never taking for granted the bizarre set-up or sign-posting what's to come. Would love to have this score on repeat in my car.
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot expertly manages to combine dark themes and obscure events into an emotional and subtle telling of a larger than life, life!
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