Clad in his Twitter-famous fedora like a noir detective, ex-Labour rebel, Respect MP and renowned cat-mime George Galloway investigates the case of Tony Blair, through an exhaustive catalogue of his crimes and misdemeanours. Directed by Sanne van den Bergh and Greg Ward, executive producer, co-writer and presenter Galloway funded The Killing$ of Tony Blair independently through Kickstarter, to the tune of £163,891.

Such self-sustenance allowed Galloway to wholly control what is essentially a greatest hits collection of two decades' worth of his anti-Blair critiques. The film is unabashedly a club with which to beat its subject, as Galloway promised in the Kickstarter promo to take Blair "all the way to the Hague". To this end, The Killing$ of Tony Blair takes influence from Michael Moore's style of playful but trenchant polemic. Unfortunately, the film lacks both Moore's charm and accessible cinematic skill, dampening what could have been explosive.

The title bluntly refers to the blood that, the filmmakers argue, covers Blair's hands and money, and the film pulls no punches in itemising war crimes in office and ill-gotten gains made since he resigned. From New Labour's betrayal of socialism, to the costly failures in Iraq, his suspiciously lucrative work for JP Morgan, and parodical appointment as a Middle East peace envoy, Galloway aims to systematically dismantle Blair like a WMD program.

Surprisingly, the always enjoyably loquacious Galloway is utilised poorly here. Despite being co-written by Galloway himself, the script tempers his characteristic wordplay, dulling the sharpest edge it has. Even if he was operating at full spin, however, his prominence handicaps the film. To be lectured on the morality of financial gain from despotic and abusive regimes by someone who has profited from the Iranian propaganda network Press TV, and allegedly the Iraq Oil-for-Food scandal, comes across as glaringly hypocritical. Furthermore, as proceedings are led by such a relentless adversary of Blair, and self-proclaimed "Blair-hater", those looking for measured inquiry are sure to be warned off by his presence, which leaves only the choir to preach to.

The contributors are entirely witnesses for the prosecution, such as prominent Blair critics Claire Short and David Davis, so either a range of sources wasn't sought or the title and figuring of Galloway limited the available pool. In what they likely consider an act of mercy, the filmmakers allocate a hot minute to Blair's achievements while in office (minimum wage legislation, reduction in child poverty, the Good Friday Agreement) before returning with glee to the flogging. It would have been better if they hadn't bothered at all, as the token tip towards balance just highlights how much of it is lacking throughout.

Aside from some journalistic objectivity, the film would have greatly benefitted from a widening focus. The analysis of legal corruption and revolving door politics is limited by a singular obsession with Blair, when the system that lets those like Blair prosper should have been the real target. Even with the attention paid to him, The Killing$ of Tony Blair offers scant insight into Blair's motives and mindset - unless you count 'he likes money' as profound. Blair is an easily monstered figure, and the challenge of humanising him and explaining his actions is blithely ignored to the detriment to the film.

While originally opening in a limited theatrical release in July to coincide with the Chilcot inquiry's findings in hope of a greater spotlight, the home release suffers at this stage from Blair-fatigue. The man's legacy has been so thoroughly torn apart that the rehash here becomes tiresome early - the central section on Iraq and WMD duplicity particularly gruelling. The only hope the film had was to be entertaining or insightful enough for that not to matter, but The Killing$ of Tony Blair instead wears the patience like a late-night pub diatribe.

The Killing$ of Tony Blair is available now on DVD & VOD.