Say what will about Arnold Schwarzenegger's abilities as an actor, but the dude is always willing to poke fun at his ultra-macho image. Sometimes he does it in the spirit of switching genres. Sometimes he does it to be meta. Sometimes he does it just for a laugh.
The new comedy, Killing Gunther, out now from Lionsgate Entertainment, falls squarely in the latter category.
Here's the official synopsis:
Killing Gunther is a comedy set in the world of contract killers. A group of young, raw, and undisciplined assassins hire a docu-crew at gunpoint to have undeniable proof that they’re the ones who will kill the most infamous hit man of all time, Gunther (Arnold Schwarzenegger). But Gunther is on to them before they know it and makes their lives a living hell, turning the hunters into the prey in a kill-or-be-killed race against time
Sound like fun? It is.
Everyone has their tongues firmly in cheek as they send up revenge, found footage and action movies in one rollicking package.
How did Finding Gunther
become a Geek Dad Adventure?
Glad you asked.
In addition their recent discovery of Shaw Brothers chop socky flicks, the Wonder Twins have also stumbled upon the action/adventure awesomeness of Arnold.
Once they knew I had a copy of Finding Gunther
, they asked me at least once per day when WE
were going to watch it. As the boys get older, these WE
moments are getting harder to find.
During the holiday break we watched The Running Man, Jingle All the Way
and last night they watched The Terminator
for the first time.
When they were finished with that, we dropped Finding Gunther
into the old player and let it roll.
They were laughing hysterically, just as they were intended to. It was a blast watching them experience a truly strong genre parody for the first time.
Truth be told, their jaded action/adventure fanboy old man enjoyed the movie an awful lot too.
SNL alum, Taran Killam, wrote and directed Killing Gunther. He brought along fellow former SNLer Bobby Moynihan and his own wife, Cobie Smulders, to round out the cast. It is an impressive debut for Killam and I'm looking forward to see what he does next.
So, if you're looking for a really fun and funny way to ring in the new year, watch Killing Gunther
. You'll be glad you did.