“I seen 15 Bigfoots just the other day.” Those are the words of Dallas Gilbert, an Ohio resident and Bigfoot hunter. Who would have guessed bigfoots were so easy to spot in Ohio? The makers of the film Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie bring us one of the quirkiest and strangest documentaries I have ever seen. The camera follows two aged, Ohio blue collar Bigfoot enthusiasts as they work to try and legitimize the legend of the mythical creature of Bigfoot. Chocked full of interviews and circumstantial, fuzzy photos Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie turns out to be—well, not your typical Bigfoot movie.
Dallas and Wayne are two of the most “redneckish”, blue collar “scientists” you will ever meet. Dallas is convinced that Bigfoot exists and has worked for years to capture him on camera and has encouraged others to do so as well. In fact, Dallas has become a leader and is looked up to by other blue collar Bigfoot hunters in the area. His best friend, Wayne, also joins him in the hunt for the elusive creature as they try to prove to the world that Bigfoot isn’t a myth. The problem with their Bigfoot research is that they claim everything is a Bigfoot. Even if a few of the pictures are “real” you still find it hard to believe because they would try to convince you a dead tree branch is a Bigfoot arm.
The Director, Jay Delaney, does a great job of keeping the camera running and letting Dallas and Wayne tell their story in the only way they know how. Delaney doesn’t try to judge or question the two, but instead lets their own words do the talking. With that being said, the film makes Dallas and Wayne out to look like complete fools. However, I think they bring that upon themselves and don’t need Delaney to help them with any special cut of the film. While it would completely miss the point of this film being a documentary, I would almost be interested in seeing Delaney try to cut it to make Dallas and Wayne seem legit. I somehow feel that it would be an impossible task and would be a greater feat for the director.
While Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie did absolutely nothing to convince me that Bigfoot existed, it was an interesting watch because of Dallas and Wayne. The film becomes more of a focus on two characters who have struggled their whole lives and now want to be remembered for putting Bigfoot research on the map. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to them they are actually probably doing more harm than good for the cause they are so vested in. Their simple, but dimwitted actions find ways of getting their research more discredited than ever before. Their constant belief in Bigfoot encourages them to post a website filled with so many strange blurry “Bigfoot” photos that people think it is some kind of joke.
Deep down, I really think this movie is less about Bigfoot and more about two people who are struggling to be accepted and want to be remembered for something great. Unfortunately for them, every step of the way they do or say something that makes them further from their goal. You watch Dallas and Wayne as they excitedly prep to bring in a “professional” Bigoot hunter and attempt to hunt alongside him only to find that things don’t always go as planned. Dallas and Wayne’s friendship is put in jeopardy and their lives drone on in an endless cycle of hope to be recognized by the scientific community that will never give them the time of day.
I laughed at Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie. It gave us two very colorful characters that you loved to feel sorry for. It was uncomfortable at times, and it was entertaining all in the same ball of wax. Somehow Dallas and Wayne have found a way of making me believe less in Bigfoot than ever before but I admire them for their attempt in following their dreams, believing in their work and working hard to achieve an impossible dream. With that being said—-Bigfoot is about as real as an academy award best director win for Michael Bay.