Rating (2.5 out of 5)
Summary: Beware movies written, directed and produced by the same person, as is the case with “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot”. While this movie deserves an “A” for effort, the movie fails to provide an enjoyable ride for the short 1 hour and 38 minutes. There are engaging scenes but then the movies paces slows dramatically to reveal the history behind Calivn’s (Sam Elliot) life. I am unsure if I cared about Calvin, which made the movie drag for me, despite excellent scenes.
Plot: Calvin Barr (Sam Elliot and Aiden Turner) killed Hitler during World War II and is now asked to kill Bigfoot. Calvin explores missed opportunities from his early life and resolves issues in his current life.
Detail: The scenes involving him going to Germany and hunting down Hilter and ultimately assasinating him during World War II were extremely enjoyable. The assembly of the weapon as he walks down the hallway was particularly notable. There is even a precursor to the assassaination scene when he shelters with some Russians, one whom predicts the success of his mission based on a shave.
The fun pace of Hitler hunting is countered by the laborious scenes of his romance with Maxine (Caitlin Fitzgerald). His romance is explored through flashbacks as mopes through his mundane day. The reason for the is to show missed opportunities and regrets. I am not one for languishing on what could have been, and so I tend to be bored with this theme.
Of course, the scene of hunting The Bigfoot was equally as well done. They employed a fairly clever reason for hunting The Bigfoot, which gave immediacy to the situation. The hunt itself was entertaining. Unfortunately, the build up was ruined by showing a full view of The Bigfoot. It wasn’t good. The fight scene itself was enjoyable, but we merely needed glimpses of The Bigfoot, not a full on view.
After The Bigfoot scene, there is a touching moment with his brother. The relationship with his brother could have been explored more, and think the movie would have been more successful.
The music composition (Joe Kraemer) delighted and enhanced some of the scenes.