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KILLING GUNTHER 2

“Killing Gunther” marks the directorial debut for actor Taran Killam, who’s perhaps best known as a former cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” also appearing on Broadway in “Hamilton.” A talented comedian and a fan of the absurd, Killam preserves all silliness for his first effort as a helmer, stoking laughs and weirdness as he attempts a faux documentary approach for an action film, working to twist the Christopher Guest formula in a more manic direction. “Killing Gunther” has some big laughs and a fair amount of chuckles, though tonally, it dips on a few occasions, suggesting that while Killam marched into the production with a concept, he never fully worked out all the scenes. Still, it’s confident work with some sharp, impish performances and a chance to see Arnold Schwarzenegger play as loose as he’s even been, keeping up with the practiced comedians in his own inimitable fashion.  Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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