tisdag 5 mars 2019

The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot

If there is one thing i really love, it is original films that dare to take chances and don´t care about the typical Hollywood pattern. We don´t get a lot of them released, but there are some titles that turn out to be original enough to be interesting. Let us talk about 2 films i feel are still really good, and still feel original enough. Donnie Darko, released in 2001 is not only a very original film, it is also a cult classic that will continue to capture audiences worldwide. This film tells the story of Donald " Donnie " Darko who wakes up one night from a mysterious voice, from a monstrous rabbit costume who says his name is Frank. Donnie is told that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. A very young Jake Gyllenhaal plays the lead role as Donald, and this is one of his most classic performances so far in his career, and he have done a hell of a lot of good films so far. Directed by Richard Kelly, this is his best film so far, even if i do enjoy his 2009 film known as The Box as well. Another very original film i Think we should mention is the 2015 film called Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu. A very unique film with brilliant performances from both Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stones. There are more fantastic performances in this film, but this is one of the few movies i have given my highest rating. Birdman is a masterpiece, and capture you from start to finish. The film tells the story of actor Riggan Thomson ( Michael Keaton ) who used to be a big movie star as the super hero Birdman in the 90´s. Now he is struggling to put up a play on Broadway, that might get him back to become a star again. Birdman is really powerful, both with performances, dialogue and cinematography. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu knows exactly how to get all the details right, to make a magical movie that looks like nothing you have seen before. Let´s change subject for a while. Do you remember legendary actor Sam Elliot ? i hope you do, because this is a true Hollywood legend, with a lot of Classic performances. A couple of my favourite films with him has to be the 1985 movie called Mask, the 1989 classic known as Road House, and of course the 2015 independent drama movie called Grandma ( now this is a movie you have to see ). Last year while i was reading about what Movies will be showing at the Fantastia Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. I did find some interesting titles there, but one film really stood out ( perhaps because of the film title ). The film is called The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, and is described as a adventure drama Movie. After hearing some positive reviews, i finally got a chance to see this film with legendary actor Sam Elliot. Is this a cult movie for the future, or is this a film that won´t please the audience at all ?

American war veteran Calvin Barr ( Sam Elliot ) is living the ordinary day life as a retired war veteran. Back in World War 2, he actually killed Hitler and is since then considered to be a hero. When the government visit him at his home, they need his help. Bigfoot have taken many lives, and needs to be stopped. Calvin is asked to go out there and kill Bigfoot. At first he is not interested, but he eventually agree to do it. Considering that Calvin is now an old man, can he finish this mission, or is his time running out ?

You know that feeling when you know that you might have come across a movie that people will talk about in the future ? This is the kind of movie that gives you that feeling, since this is a very odd mix of serious drama, and some kind of adventure. You have the man who once killed Hitler, ordered by the government to kill Bigfoot as well, even if he is very old in present day. I don´t think i have seen any film similar to this one, and i appreciate that. Since most films released these days looks almost similar to other movies, The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot follow a complete different path. One of the things i enjoy about this film is to see legendary actor Sam Elliot as a retired war hero, and he gives a really solid performance. His character Calvin Barr is clearly a man who have gone through a lot in his life. Sam is one of those legendary actors who knows how to develope characters, and make them unique. And this is something he clearly knows how to do this time as well.  Sam delivers his dialogue in his own unique way. You get to see Calvin in the past as well, and how he managed to murder the nazi dictator Hitler, without being caught. Actor Ron Livingston ( who you might remember from the 90´s cult classic  Office Space, and The Conjuring of course ) is also here as Flag Pin. You will most likely recognize actor Aidan Turner, who played character Kili in The Hobbit movies . He plays Young Calvin in this film, and he does a pretty good job. The plot of this film is quite interesting. At first this seems to be the story of an old man, but the film tell the story of his previous life when he killed Hitler all by himself, and now the government wants him to kill Bigfoot. I know, that is an insane plot, but for some strange reason it works. Maybe it is because of the character of Sam Elliot, since he is the strongest character of this film. Director Robert D. Krzykowski ( who is the co-producer of the good Australian horror movie The Woman ) have made a film that feels unique in many ways. How often do you see a film where one man killed Hitler and chase Bigfoot ? And this is something that director Robert D. Krzykowski manage to do, combine different ideas into an odd adventure drama. There are a few details i feel could have been better, but overall i think this is a film you should see for trying to be original. The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is not a film that will be appreciated by everyone. But if you love original films with a crazy story, then you should see this film and hopefully enjoy it as i did.

Rating: DDD

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