Effortlessly dancing back and forth between timelines, Krzykowski’s film follows Sam Elliot’s Calvin Barr, a "grumpy old man" who can still kick the ass of three would-be carjackers. Years ago, Barr snuck into Nazi High command and (no further spoilers than the title) killed Hitler. Long since retired, he lives his solitary life on bar stools and arm chairs until the FBI and the Canadian government tap him for a save-the-world mission, killing a virus-laden Bigfoot. A far more brooding think-piece then the title would lead us to believe, the film offers a stunning late-in-life portrait of a man who lived through violence that changed him in a way he still, decades later, has not come to grips with.
Set against a magical landscape of first anonymous small-town America and then picturesque Canadian wilderness, The Man Who… finds its perfect anchor in Elliot’s Barr, a man lost in this world who wants nothing more than to get more lost. Haunted by a past that he can’t escape nor explain, his own morals only serve to undermine both his understanding of self and ability to move forward in this world. Once dropped into action against his final foe, Barr confronts the landscape and his hairy adversary like a man with a death wish. An arthouse film masquerading as a genre piece, Krzykowski’s debut offers the chivalry and honor only achievable in a great hero, and Sam Elliot is that hero, he is The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot -BF
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