Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Goon

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Goon - 4 out of 5

Bring on the Canadian stereotypes because I'm about to do a review of the hockey comedy Goon.

...eh?

Stifler Seann William Scott (who spells his name with two N's for some reason) stars as Doug Glatt, a nice guy with a heart of gold, a love of hockey and the ability to dish out a beating.  After serving up a player's ass on a platter at a minor league hockey game, Coach Ronnie Hortense (Nicholas Campbell) offers him a spot on the team as an enforcer--the team's glorified fight man.  It's soon realized that Dough "The Thug" has become too big and too tough for his small team and is sent up to Canada to The Highlanders to be the protector of washed up progeny Xavier Laflamme (Marc-Andre Grondin) who lost his confidence after suffering a concussion at the hands of the league's boogeyman; Ross Rhea.  There he discovers the typical disarrayed team of wash-outs and miscreants.  As a wide-eyed naive young man, Glatt is out to prove himself but fights an uphill battle as he falls for the wrong woman, is hated by the player he was sent to protect and finds himself charging towards a face-off with Rhea.

Probably the only man from the American Pie franchise who's had a semblance
of a career without a American Pie reunion movie.

It's been a long time since we've seen a hockey-themed comedy (and that's why co-star/writer Jay Baruchel decided to write it, the actor claimed) but maybe the wait was worth it because Goon is great--or fantastic if you don't like alliteration.  For a film that arrived with little fan fair in the states, the quality the film showcases in its story and humor was quite a pleasant surprise.

Fans of Da Vinci's Inquest will enjoy seeing Nicholas Campbell in his short but funny role.

I can't recognize Kim Coates without the bike, leather
jacket and assless chaps.
Seann (with two N's) William Scott is a long way from Stifler and plays Doug "The Thug" amazingly well as he comes off simultaneously as an ignorant child lost in a world he barely can comprehend and a legitimate bad-ass.  While some of the background characters including members of The Highlanders weren't as prominant as they should have been because many of they had a great deal of potential for some humorous outcomes along with the fact that the love interest of Doug's (Allison Pill as Eva) is both a lame, lackluster character and a love dynamic B-storyline that felt needlessly tacked on and Jay Baruchel, despite being the writer, plays Doug's best friend and is quite possibly the weakest element of the film as subtly wasn't something the actor was going for all hurt the film.  However, despite these  limitations the film is amazingly funny.  Just watch this clip...


A fight in hockey?!?  Now I know this is fiction.
Alongside Scott's performance, the true delight of this movie resides in the film building towards the showdown between Doug and Ross (Liev Schreiber).  Schreiber, handlebar mustache armed, plays the veteran enforcer who is demoted to the minors after a 20 game suspension for slashing a player in the head from behind.  Once his suspension is over, he's ready to come roaring out of the gate with something to prove as he's coming to take out Doug before he retires.  The contrasting styles of these two men leads to a terrific climax of the film as they come to blows on the ice.  It's like Rocky only with hockey...actually, strike that--it's not like Rocky at all.  Forget I said that.

That mustache deserves an Academy Award.

There's not many surprises thrown at you in this one--in fact, the love interest and the elements of overcoming the odds in the world of sports along with the fight at the end pretty much delivers in the way you would expect it from a sports comedy but that doesn't change the fact the movie is really damn entertaining.  The performances are great--some, especially from the players on The Highlanders leave you wanted more scenes from them--and the movie is damn funny...and isn't that what we want in our comedies?

...eh?

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