Killing Gunther VoD review
What is it about assassins that we find so funny? The number of comedy crossovers that find mirth among the murderers suggests the business of killing is ripe for laughs.
Writer/director/producer Taran Killam takes centre stage in his own jokey documentary, hoping to do for hitmen what Taika Waititi did for vampires. While he never quite achieves that level of success, there are enough sniggers and sideswipes at the bunch of misfit killers he has assembled. Like an assassin’s world championship, Blake Hammond (Killam) hopes to become the king by killing the king, after achieving the ambition of the title.
Shame his cadre of killers contains a dweeby hacker who’s a Gunther fanboy, a munitions nut who loves blowing things up, a girl with daddy issues, two Russian maniacs and a man with a robot arm. Things get much more personal along the way, as Gunther (we won’t spoil who he is if you’ve managed to steer clear of the trailer) decides to have some fun at his enemies’ expense, revealing a wicked sense of humour as he does.
Killing Gunther lacks the kind of biting satire that leaves genuine teeth marks, as Man Bites Dog did (despite homaging a scene from that early mock-doc). Yet it has enough silly humour to carry through its sense of fun. And as the end credits promise, “Gunther will return in The Gunther Who Loved Me (if this film makes any money).”
Release: Out Now
From: The Movie Partnership
Age Rating: 15
Price (RRP): £7.99 (SD); £9.99 (HD)