Review of Eighth Grade & he Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot
By: Jason Bechard

Hey, I Watched This! Reviewing Movies I've watched recently.

Hello! Welcome back! I promise to have a less angry review this month. I watched a couple of good movies recently, which have cleansed my palette.

First up, Eighth Grade (2018), written and directed by Bo Burnham (YouTube Sensation turned comedian), and starring, newcomer, Elsie Fisher.

Here's the IMDB synopsis, "An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school."

This film plays, almost, as a documentary. It feels so genuine and real. It's very easy to believe what you are seeing, which is great. Burnham really gave us an intimate look into this girl's life, "warts and all". At times, it's almost too intimate, which had me feeling awkward and uncomfortable. That is is some good film making, some really good storytelling.

Elsie Fisher was engaging. Naturally, one would want to assume she was playing herself, which apparently is not true! Acting at its finest. Since the film focuses on her, Fisher has to carry the entire flick on her shoulders, and keep your attention, and she delivers. This young starlet "has some chops"! I will not be surprised to see her rise to super stardom as she matures. The closest person to a co-star, would be Josh Hamilton, as her father. Again, another genuine performance, as a single parent, who knows his daughter is going through something, but doesn't know what to do to help her. Having been in those shoes, I know that helpless feeling, and Hamilton really brought it, in spades.

All in all, a really strong first effort, by Burnham, a "silly YouTube kid", who is growing, and maturing, into a bright new career.

I give Eighth Grade (2018), 4 1/2 stars!

Next up, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019).

Yes, you've read the title correctly, that's what really drew me in!

Written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski, and starring, the legendary Sam Elliot, and Aidan Turner (Kili from The Hobbit flicks).

Here's the IMDB synopsis, "A legendary American war veteran is recruited to hunt a mythical creature."

Krzykowski surprises with this engaging dramatic story. A sad tale of a man who accomplished an amazing top secret feat, but at a cost. Seemingly cursed, to forever be alone with a life full of regrets, he is called to action once more, to save humanity. He accepts the mission, as any "good soldier" does, and in turn, seems to find inner peace, with his life. A well played story with splashes of action and intrigue. Don't let the "odd" title and premise deter you.

It's no surprise, Elliot is pure legendary gold. There is no one better to portray a grizzled, lonely veteran, Calvin Barr, that can give you heart, and sadness, but still be believable as a bad-ass. NO ONE! The "gravitas" he brings to a scene as simple as their morning routine (shower, shave, breakfast), is mesmerizing! Elliot truly makes you feel, this character has "been places and seen things", and it's taken it's toll on him. A truly UNDERRATED performance! Aidan Turner plays the younger Barr, as we see parts of the life he left behind, and the amazing steps he took to complete, what was thought to be, an impossible mission. His actions, and reactions to those actions, really shows us how he becomes the man we see in Elliot's portrayal. Turner didn't give us an "Elliot impersonation", as some might expect. But he laid the groundwork for Elliot, and he did it well!

The premise sounds strange, yes. The actual Bigfoot scenes are a little weak, but still not horrible. The climactic battle seems to give Elliot's Barr, some sort of closure, or at least, clarity? There is one nagging question, which doesn't quite fit the rest of the film for me, and its a premise clearly pulled from Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. What's in the box??

All in all, despite the ridiculous title and premise, this flick is a brilliant, sad, and lonely tale.

I give The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) 4 stars!

Now, I know I said I was going to give my pick for best movie of 2018, but it's just so hard to choose this year. Sorry for misleading you. Hard pressed for my pick, it's probably Bohemian Rhapsody, in a very, very close race with Bad Times at the El Royale, Christopher Robin, and Ready Player One. All of these films, and Avengers: Infinity War, affected me on some form of emotional level, which is the best kind of experience to have. 2018 was a great year for films, in my opinion!

Please, don't forget to head on over to the Hey, I Watched This! thread in The World of Myth Forums, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions. I'd really like to hear from you!

See you next month, Folks!