Movie Review: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018)

The Man Who Killed Hitler

Had your fill of holiday cheer? This movie might be for you. . . .

On Tuesday evenings at the library, we’re usually processing deliveries from our sister libraries in Carroll and Madison Counties. It’s a pretty big job to continue running the desk while we also handle the deliveries, but one of the highlights is seeing the interesting items that come to us from the other libraries.

On a recent Tuesday evening, Jen saw this movie among the stacks of items that had come in and immediately suggested I review it. I was skeptical but agreed to do so, mainly on the strength of the cast, which includes Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, and Ron Livingston.

Ultimately, I enjoyed the movie, though it is, admittedly, even odder than the title suggests. . . .

The title of this movie suggests–or at least it did to me–that it’s going to be a gleefully anarchic alternative history/horror movie. The reality of the film is much more elegiac. I don’t want to spoil too much of it, though, there are some spoilers in the title, you know. 🙂

But the gist of the movie is that Calvin Barr (Sam Elliott) is a man with an interesting background–as revealed through flashbacks (and the title). However, his interesting life provides him with little joy in his current retired state. A new mission–brought to him courtesy of a shadowy government agent–might or might not be just what Calvin needs.

I sometimes was not entirely sure what tone the filmmakers were going for. There’s probably too much gore and alternative history-making going on to please folks who are fans of the more meditative story that is presented here. But there is also perhaps too measured of a pace for folks who just want to see Sam Elliott kick butt and take names. Nonetheless, I was always interested in what was happening in the slower moments (which are well-acted) and the fight scenes are well-done.

So, if you don’t mind a quirky blend of horror, action, alternative history, and character study, this is just the movie for you!

What are you watching for the holidays? Are you a fan of alternative history? Are you just a fan of Sam Elliott? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog to find more information on any of these items or to place holds.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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