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How I Saw It... The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot
With this title, this movie fits perfectly into the new genre, "Enjoy the Journey Because the Whole Plot Is in the Title". It joins others such as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "Titanic" (A.K.A., The Ship Hits an Iceberg and Sinks Whilst the Band Plays Nearer, My God, to Thee).
Sam Elliot and his ubiquitous moustache are the stars of this show. In fact, I think that that credits should read "... also starring Sam Elliot's Moustache".
The story is split between two time streams: one where The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot (henceforth, to be referred to as "The Man") kills Hitler and the other stream where The Man kills Bigfoot. (Oh, don't boo-hoo to me! It's in the bloody title!)
Apparently, you can put a Hitler moustache on any bum, and, Presto! One made-to-order Hitler! (You see moustaches are magical!)
Me: I didn't think that Hitler looked very convincing.
Joyce: Oh, that was supposed to be Hitler?
Me (incredulously): Yes, didn't you see his moustache. (Again, moustaches are magical.)
Back to the story:
After serving the US of A and killing Hitler, The Man somehow makes his escape from Germany.
The Man, world weary and haunted, is requisitioned by an F.B.I. lackey and a Québécois Canadian official to serve the US of A once again and, umm, kill the Bigfoot. (And it seems like the President of the US of A is pretty eager to see mushroom clouds over Canada.)
After killing Bigfoot, The Man somehow makes his escape from Quebec.
This unlikely story sounds like it could be splashed across the headline of a tabloid in a supermarket line-up, but, thanks to The Man and his moustache they're able to pull it off. As The Man said, "It is nothing like the comic book you want it to be."
I give The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot 7 moustachios out of 10, and I give The Man 9/10 moustachios.
Available at ORL, iTunes.
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A decent film if not memorable. I found too saccharine, and as the people in the movie were apt to do, rely on the cuteness factor of the cat.
Seemed like a POW farce. It made the Nazi into imbeciles.
Well acted, but lacked the emotional punch of the source material. Also Gael García Bernal doesn't seem like the right actor to play a Persian.
How I Saw It... A Man Named Ove (En Man Som Heter Ove)
"Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is a quintessential grumpy old man next-door, strictly enforced principles and a short fuse. Still grieving his late wife, Ove has largely given up on life until a boisterous young family moves in next-door and forces him out of his shell in this heartwarming tale that reminds us that life is sweeter when it's shared." ~iTunes.com
I wasn't sure if we'd enjoy A Man Named Ove with it's tagline "Misery Hates Company". However, we thoroughly enjoyed the unraveling of Ove's story through his memories during his failed suicide attempts. It crisscrosses genres from the blackest of comedies to tearjerker to walking the tightrope between sweet and saccharine sentimentality. And it pulls it off splendidly.
Available at ORL & iTunes.
I give A Man Named Ove 5 frayed nooses out of 5.
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