Directed by Robert D. Krzykowski. Starring Sam Elliot, Aidan Turner, Caitlin Fitzgerald. Drama, US 2018, 98mins, Cert 15.

Released in the UK on digital on 15th April and DVD and Blu-Ray on 6th May by Sparky Pictures.

 

While it may not be in the same league as the likes of JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER or BILLY THE KID VERSUS DRACULA, the very title of THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT none the less raises something of a smirk and a cocked eyebrow.

Yet not judging the proverbial book by its cover, once you scratch beneath the surface of Robert D. Krzykowski’s film you find a far more serious and thoughtful feature than appears to be suggested.

 

Sam Elliot is Calvin Barr, the titular man whom we first meet drinking alone in a bar years after the Second World War has ended. A split-narrative is then introduced with Aidan Turner playing Barr as a young, undercover operative tasked with assassinating the leader of the Third Reich. Far from being some sort of Tarantino-esque revisionist history though, a key-speech at the film’s mid-point tones down the boast of Barr’s part in Hitler’s demise as well as playing on some far-fetched conspiracy theories.

 

Elliot’s one-note performance is the perfect fit for Barr, painting a world-weary character of dignity and humility who has spent his post-war years contemplating the girl that got away and what to do whatever time he has left.

 

One option he is presented with is the chance to track the mythical Bigfoot who appears to be carrying a deadly plague and the reluctant hero could well be able to play a part in saving the world once again.

 

By its nature, the narrative of the film makes it quite fragmented and slow-burning, initially at least, but it’s the sort of pulp story that feels as if it’s lifted from the pages of a graphic novel and works in its own, unique way.

 

There is an emotional heft that is in tune with the films serious overtones resulting in an oddly-moving and entertainingly dramatic tall-tale.

Extras: There is over an hour of extras on the disc, including a standard ‘Behind the scenes’, Deleted scenes, a commentary with the director and an interview with legendary Hollywood composer Joel Kramer.

 

Phil Slatter

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