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This is a very unconventional story, almost experimental, about a man who killed a monster, but not the plague of idealism that He spread. Then as an old man, he has to kill another creature like him... A loner not hurting anybody who is carrying a very literal and lethal plague. He takes no joy or even satisfaction in the Killing and has palpable weight of loss around his head. It's Complicated, it makes you think and it's a GREAT actor that anchors the entire thing. The only real issue is the disjointed nature of the flashbacks but even that appeals to me personally.
This is a mash-up of a movie, but I enjoyed the foray into the main character's historical fiction past and fantasy/sci-fi present. With the title of the movie so rooted in action, the quiet parts of the film were surprising, but necessary to show the depth of character and the traumas he went through that turned him into the lone man he is today. Plus seeing Sam Elliot and his iconic way of acting is always a positive.
Moral of the story, killing an evil man, Hitler, doesn't kill his cruel ideas once they've spread like the plague and that's what matters. Conversely, literally killing 'squatch (metaphor for an idea, yet to be fully accepted and embraced by the public) did indeed end the spreading of his actual plague before it was too late. It's better to kill bad ideas before they spread than to kill good mythical creatures. Squash evil ideas, before they infect minds and spread live a disease. Mind blown...
Spoiler Alert: 'squatch ralphs into his killers mouth and that's the film highlight.
Some of the scenes delivered on the so bad it's good that I was hoping for, but not as often as I hoped for. I'm undecided on whether the curious juxtaposition of the shy, talented killer, pacifist with a tender/broken heart lives up to the so bad it's good standard or not. I do appreciate that both 'squatch and his killer are both pacifists caught in a bad situation, like a man dueling his spirit animal whose hard fought, tragic death helped turned the man's life around allowing him to come to terms with death, loss and making the most of life after so many decades of mourning. While the many flashbacks were easy enough to follow, were annoyingly out of order and maybe too numerous. Film should have been less cryptic with it's deep ideas and instead more apparent. Considering the context it's easy to overlook the insights. Really, had to spend time reflecting to get how deep of a message the story holds, very cryptic and easy to miss.
Okay, so this is one of those movies that you really have to think about.
First off, there's that title - THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT.
That title intrigued me, right from the get-go. I took a look at the trailer on Youtube and there was this voice-over, talking about how this fellow's grandfather had always told stories that kept getting wilder and wilder and wilder and I began to think about BIG FISH or SECONDHAND LIONS - movies that are stories that are told about stories. That put me into a wanna-watch kind of mind, because I love both of those movies. I thought it was going to be about Sam Elliott's grandson trying to figure out if his grandfather was the world's biggest liar or the world's biggest hero.
Only it turned out that the trailer was a bit of a red herring. The character who actually says the voice-over dialogue isn't related to the protagonist (Sam Elliott) at all.
This movie is an allegory and a character study about a man who has come to the end of his road and is trying to weigh his achievements against what it cost his soul.
Some of you folks are going to find it a little dull and boring. Some of you folks are going to love it.
It is a crap shoot as to what part of the audience you are going to fall into.
Me, I kind of dug it. It had some weaknesses and I felt they should have got into the whole Bigfoot hunt part of the story a lot sooner in the script, but Sam Elliott really delivered some solid acting - maybe some of the best he has ever turned in. The dialogue is moody, thick and ridden with meaning - kind of like stirring a shot of good whiskey into a tall mug of strong dark coffee. You have to listen and chew over it slowly. This isn't a root beer and cheeseburger kind of a movie. This is more like an inch of solid steak, that you want gnaw upon while you ponder out the story.
I'd watch it again. A lot of folks wouldn't. I borrowed the flick from the public library so it didn't cost me a single thin dime - but I might have to pick up a copy some day just to watch on a rainy afternoon.
Yours in storytelling,
As much as I like Sam Elliott, I thought this film was slower than molasses. By the time something happened (50 minutes in), I lost interest and ejected.
All the flashbacks didn't help either. They just reminded me I'm watching a movie. Flashbacks ruin a movie almost as much as voiceovers. But that's just me... I could be wrong.
A catchy title that did the trick: I had to see how anyone could make such an outlandish link work. The answer is a little less than I'd hoped, but it's still a decent film.
I love Sam Elliott and am pleased that he's been given some excellent roles lately ('Hero', 'A Star is Born', this film). I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a film titled 'The Man Who Killed Hitler... and then The Bigfoot'. Little did I know this would become one of my favorite films of all time. It's very different, in terms of structure and scope. It sort of moves between different genres (WWII film, romance, monster movie) and time periods but the transitions work splendidly. I cried over the love story and became tense and enthralled during the action scenes. I highly recommend watching the special features and the bonus short film. Do yourself a favor... watch this film. I'm glad I did.
How I Saw It... The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot
With this title, this movie fits perfectly into the new genre, "Enjoy the Journey Because the Whole Plot Is in the Title". It joins others such as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and "Titanic" (A.K.A., The Ship Hits an Iceberg and Sinks Whilst the Band Plays Nearer, My God, to Thee).
Sam Elliot and his ubiquitous moustache are the stars of this show. In fact, I think that that credits should read "... also starring Sam Elliot's Moustache".
The story is split between two time streams: one where The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot (henceforth, to be referred to as "The Man") kills Hitler and the other stream where The Man kills Bigfoot. (Oh, don't boo-hoo to me! It's in the bloody title!)
Apparently, you can put a Hitler moustache on any bum, and, Presto! One made-to-order Hitler! (You see moustaches are magical!)
Me: I didn't think that Hitler looked very convincing.
Joyce: Oh, that was supposed to be Hitler?
Me (incredulously): Yes, didn't you see his moustache. (Again, moustaches are magical.)
Back to the story:
After serving the US of A and killing Hitler, The Man somehow makes his escape from Germany.
The Man, world weary and haunted, is requisitioned by an F.B.I. lackey and a Québécois Canadian official to serve the US of A once again and, umm, kill the Bigfoot. (And it seems like the President of the US of A is pretty eager to see mushroom clouds over Canada.)
After killing Bigfoot, The Man somehow makes his escape from Quebec.
This unlikely story sounds like it could be splashed across the headline of a tabloid in a supermarket line-up, but, thanks to The Man and his moustache they're able to pull it off. As The Man said, "It is nothing like the comic book you want it to be."
I give The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot 7 moustachios out of 10, and I give The Man 9/10 moustachios. .
While a lot of crazy-go-nuts films have been made recently with outlandish titles and premises, such as Hobo with a Shotgun, Turbo Kid, Iron Sky, and many others; this film is more like a Great American Movie that they just don't make anymore. The title conjures up lurid pulpy shenanigans, but rather than fall head-first into insanity and staying there, the film ends up asking deeper questions and giving a lot more emotional gravitas to the ins and outs of its titles implications. The writer/director stated he was inspired by Norman Rockwell paintings and it's a mighty obvious (and, for me, well-executed) feature of the movie. Idyllic Americana, begetting secrets of things greater than our understanding.
It is a story more about myth and legends, where The Man himself (as naturally played by Sam Elliott as could be imagined) is a humble individual whose actions don't necessarily make him a hero, just the man who was capable of doing the job. It dwells more on the inner life of someone that just wanted to marry his sweetheart and live his life peacefully in the town he grew up in, only to follow the call of his country and end up sacrificing quite a lot in the process. The "Big Foot" part of the story, which takes about 45 minutes to get to, is an amazing contrast (and, in many respects, counter-part) to the myth and reality of Calvin Barr's acts in WW2.
While it's obviously not for everybody, some of the comments here I found incredibly sad and disappointing, to see people flagrantly dismiss the movie. I decided to add this comment in support of a film that absolutely blew me away and is probably one of the most heartfelt pieces of cinema I've seen in a while. Sure, it's bizarre. But it gives you what it says on the tin and then delivers a deeper, more American, experience in the process.
If anything, just the scene at the dinner table, when Calvin's visited by someone asking about "this story I heard my granddaddy tell me," is worth watching it for alone. But if you can't buy into the movie then, I don't know what the heck to tell ya.
The title may be crazy, but this flick is crazy good! Sam Eliot crushes it as the most admirable character since the original Captain America. So original and entertaining that I honestly felt blessed to have seen such work. I would recommend viewing the bonus feature detailing how a novice writer/director who spent 12 years refining his vision for this movie won over so many talented successful people to make this a reality. Well done!
WHAT IF CLINT EASTWOOD'S "GRAND TORINO" WAS A SCI FI ORIGINAL? NOW YOU KNOW...
Sam Elliot got's to eat, so here's this then.. maybe they changed the script halfway and just slipped it past him once the check was cashed, plenty of great work from him in the system, so check out every other thing first, even the crap rom-com he appeared in with Kirstie Alley where I'm almost sure he died in the sack leaving her to cover her tracks, THAT'S HOW "GOOD" THIS MOVIE IS TO MAKE ME NOSTALGIC FOR THAT 80'S COKE FUELED HILARITY
Sam Elliott is a favorite actor of mine, I love his voice. This is a good movie however there is some violence.
Sam, Sam, Sam.....really? Just the description of this movie makes me question what were you thinking. I adore you, but I just can't even with this one. I pass on this. :(
Big Hollywood Exec: "You ever watch that History Channel? It's nothing but Hitler and Bigfoot, Bigfoot and Hitler, all day and all night! We can cash in on that! So get back to your office and write me a script that's got Hitler and Bigfoot in the title! I don't care how you do it, so long as you do it! Now, move!"
And now we see the result. A special Observer Award for the title, one of the greatest in film history, right up there with "Surf Nazis Must Die" and "Hillbilly Blitzkrieg."