Review: Goon (2012)

“Take the number 69 it’s hilarious!”

Goon is a sports-comedy film based around ice-hockey. The film stars Seann William Scott (American Pie), Jay Baruchel (Fanboys), Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Allison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs The World). The film is directed by Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight).

The film is an adaptation of the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith. Goon is also written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg.

Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Goon marks the start of actual 2012 films for me. I didn’t know too much about until a few weeks ago. We then had some low-key advertising and trailers dotted around the place. It interested me as soon as I caught the trailer.

Seann William Scott stars as Doug Glatt. He starts his life as a simple security bouncer at a not-so-flashy sports bar in Canada. He then through a series of events ends up playing professional hockey but as a ‘goon’. A player who is there to fight or in the film ‘bleed for the team’. Glatt’s character is not exactly bright. In fact, he’s an idiot. But he’s also extremely sensitive, kind and sweet towards others. A little naive as well. I’m a fan of Seann William Scott and its always a pleasure to see him on screen, a decent performance from him in Goon.

Jay Baruchel plays Ryan. He’s Doug’s best friend and supports him 100% through his new career path. Ryan is very crass, loud and it would appear sexually repressed. He hosts his own hockey chat forum. I like Baruchel ever since Knocked Up and look forward to most things he’s in. Liev Schreiber plays Ross Rhena. Doug’s rival within the ice-rink. He’s a controversial legend among the sport who is on the cusp of retirement. He has one season left which happens to pit him against Doug. The two must slam the gloves off before the season finishes.

Allison Pill is the love interest as Eva. She has her own insecurities and a damaged personality. Eva falls for the simple yet kind Doug. She’s just wonderful to be honest. Ever since Scott Pilgrim I’ve really loved seeing more of Allison’s work. I think she’s a decent actress.

You know what? Goon is a decent film. It’s funny, has heart and great hockey action. It’s more violent than I expected. It has some blood spattering good fights and surprisingly good tension. A surprise hit for 2012 and a pucking good film!

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