Jun 29, 2012

Film Review: Goon



Premise:
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.


Standouts:
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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