Upon first glance, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Big Foot appears to be a film destined for the bargain bin at Walmart. However, if you took a second and checked the film’s IMDB page, the first thing which stands out is the cast. How could this silly of a sounding film attract the likes of Sam Elliot, Aidan Turner, and Larry Miller? Writer/Director Robert D. Krzykowski has crafted a tale which rises above its deceptive title and will engross audiences. Krzykowski’s narrative highlights just how crippling guilt and regret can be. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of Big Foot hunting and Nazi killing to satisfy everyone. However, make no mistake The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Big Foot is a fascinating film which deserves a wide audience.
The film centers on the aftermath of Calvin Barr’s (Sam Elliot) military service and the impact it’s had on his life. Barr’s family had assumed that his work overseas was that of your typical soldier but there’s nothing ordinary about what he was tasked to accomplish. While history has long recognized that Hitler killed himself in a bunker in Berlin, in reality, Elliot’s character snuck behind enemy lines and killed the German leader. While Barr returned home, in reality, he never left that period in his life. How does anyone return to a sense of normalcy after that high stakes of a mission? Barr is a simple man who appears to be continuously asked to accomplish extraordinary feats.
Elliot puts on a masterclass of subtlety as he’s able to convey so much emotion with the slightest of looks and even adjustments in his body language. Alex Vendler’s cinematography is just lovely and captures the breathtaking surrounding which dominates the third act of the film. The pacing is a brisk 90 minutes allowing for the film to flow seamlessly.
Overall, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Big Foot is in many ways a pleasant surprise. Krzykowski’s film is the perfect blend of action, science fiction, and a heartfelt tale which stays with you.