Killing Gunther

The gang’s back together in Killing Gunther. By gang, I mean the cast of Saturday Night Live from the past few seasons. Specifically, I am talking about its writer/director Taran Killam plus Bobby Moynihan and Paul Brittain. Do you know them? Killing Gunther is essentially a personality piece. If you’re a fan of them and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’ll like this film. If you’re a fan of incredibly silly films, you’ll like this film. Otherwise, you probably won’t.

“His goal is simple. Be the best assassin. Being the best means killing the best. The best is Gunther.”

Tarran Killam is the assassin, Blake. His goal is simple. Be the best assassin. Being the best means killing the best. The best is Gunther. And of course, Blake has brought a film crew together to document his quest.

Knowing he can’t do it alone, Blake pulls together an elite…ugh, an available team of assassins comprised of the deadly Sanaa (Hannah Simone), explosives expert Donnie (Bobbie Moynihan), computer guy Gabe (Paul Brittain), master of poison Yong (Aaron Yoo), and twins Barold and Mia (Ryan Gaul and Allison Tolman).

Killing Gunther is packed with silly subplots. Blake’s ex-girlfriend, Lisa (Cobie Smulders), left him long ago for Gunther. A sweet love story develops between Donnie and Sanaa and it goes horribly wrong. What about the unseen camera crew that becomes Blake’s unknowing hostage.

“…a weird film about a group of buffoonish villains working their way through a series of silly gags.”

Then there’s Gunther himself in the form of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. I wouldn’t call his presence as a cameo. Although his role in the film is brief, Arnold makes the most of his time on screen. He’s funny and takes command letting everyone know who the real star of the film is. He has no problem poking fun at himself and reminds you that he can do comedy. (Will we ever see a Twins sequel?)

Killing Gunther is a weird film about a group of buffoonish villains working their way through a series of silly gags. The mockumentary interview gimmick, in general, is starting to get old. Everyone either talks about what just happened or they highlight some quirk they ore someone else has.

I liked Killing Gunther enough to recommend it. Look, comedies are meant to make you laugh. I have a low threshold for silliness, and I am a fan of the cast. If you’re looking for a silly comedy, give Killing Gunther a try.

Killing Gunther (2017) Written and Directed by Taran Killam. Starring Taran Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, Hannah Simone, Bobby Moynihan and Paul Brittain.

3 out of 5 stars

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