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Even if the feature film debut from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski was the single worst film of the year, it would still win the award for the greatest and most honest title of any movie ever: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. While this may seem like the title of a winking, silly send up of adventure movies, it is in fact a quite ambitious and straight-ahead action work that also finds ways to weave in more contemplative ideas on aging, missed opportunities, and painfully broken dreams.
Set not so much in an alternative reality, but more in a less polished version of history, the film tells the life story of American war veteran Calvin Barr (played in the “present” by a particularly surly Sam Elliott). He’s living out what he assumes will be his final years in an isolated New England town, drinking a bit too much in the local pub and allowing his memories of younger days to occupy his mind to the point where he almost goes catatonic at his barstool. The few people in his life that might notice his drifting in and out begin to worry, and we would too, except that the things he’s remembering are the stuff of legend.
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As the film’s title suggests, during World War II, Calvin (played as a younger man by Aidan Turner of The Hobbit trilogy) pulled off the ultimate mission as the war was winding down and the Third Reich was in chaos. He managed to impersonate a Nazi officer, evade tight security that checked him for weapons, and get into a room with Adolf Hitler, whom he then assassinated. The sequence is so perfectly and economically rendered that we almost think there’s a catch, and for a time, we even wonder if the older Calvin...
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