Jun 29, 2012

Film Review: Goon

Doug Glatt is a beefy dimwit working bar security as a black sheep to his adopted, scholarly, Jewish family. Glatt finds his passion and talent in hockey where he employs his ability to take and throw punches more-so than his ability to shoot a puck into a net. His career elevates fast as the fans love his rough style and enjoyment brawling.

Seann William Scott was really impressive in this role, breaking his usual mold for selfish, stubborn smart aleck. For a character who didn't say much, and what he did say he fumbled over his words, Scott really got across a whole story with just his facial expressions. Also loved the casting of Alison Pill as Eva, who I immediately recognized from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and a cameo from The Trailer Park Boys, really driving home just how straight-up Canadian this film is.

My Highlights:
So many great fight scenes that they all just bleed together. If you see any fight from this movie, you're seeing one of the highlights.

Overall Rating:
Although the film sometimes takes a break from realism for the sake of dramatics, this was a great film. The ending was a bit ambiguous and inconclusive, as it kind of sent a mixed signal about how to feel about the events of Doug Glatt's career. This kind of brought the mood down, but the action packed a punch and the comedy was subtle and light-hearted. A great man's man movie that every violence-loving red-blooded human being dripping with machismo should see. Overall rating...

4 / 5

When You Should See It:
The next time you're in the mood for an action film, give this a rent, or if you're interested in buying it blind for yourself or for a friend as a present. You don't even have to be a fan of hockey, you just have to like fight-scenes.

image from Amazon

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