Title – Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
Director – Jay Baruchel (feature debut)
Cast – Sean William Scott, Wyatt Russell, Marc-André Grondin, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Kim Coates, Elisha Cuthbert
Plot – With the prospect of becoming a father weighing over him, hockey enforcer Doug Glatt (Scott) contemplates life after hockey but when crazed hooligan Anders Cain (Russell) takes over the captaincy of his team, Doug knows what he must do.
“Evolve. Or go extinct”
Review by Eddie on 19/09/2017
There wouldn’t be many that would call 2011’s hockey comedy Goon a great success financially or critically but the film which flopped at box offices around the world built up a steady stream of support on home release, that has seen it become a bit of a cult favourite for sport and comedy fans, so much so that we now have this most unlikely of sequels, Goon: Last of the Enforcers.
Making the most of the fairly one-dimensional talents of Sean William Scott and Jay Baruchel, Goon which was inspired by the real life story of hockey enforcer Douglas Smith, who made a career for himself punching his way through his matches, was a funny and oddly endearing tale, elements that are amiss here in Enforcers.
Feeling far more forced than the original, this sequel as directed by Baruchel, who takes over from original director Michael Dowse and appears only in some brief cameo scenes in this film, suffers from finding a reason to exist with Scott’s Doug Glatt feeling the pinch of old age and the impending responsibility of parenthood not really enough to drive this film forward.
The first film benefited greatly from the underdog tale of Glatt’s rise from bouncer to hockey thug and his rivalry with Liev Schreiber’s fellow hockey enforcer Ross Rhea but all we get in Enforcer is Glatt becoming an office worker for a time and Wyatt Russell’s angry Anders Cain coming into the picture to give the film an antagonist on the ice to allow the film to feature some more intense ice-rink beat downs.
You can sense Baruchel’s rawness behind camera in a lot of the films scenes and narrative constructions and while the funny-man makes for an often likeable big screen presence, he can’t embed his film with any of those charms and while there’s a simple pleasure in getting to see these characters on screen again and the odd laugh, the whole thing feels rather pointless and more like an excuse for everyone involved to catch up, not develop another memorable return for Glatt on the big screen.
Final Say –
Big fans of the original Goon may find themselves enjoying this sequel more than the average cinemagoer but Baruchel’s often tiresome and unfunny film fails to find a decent enough reason to exist, seemingly proving that the surprising success of the 2011 original in the years that followed its initial release didn’t warrant Doug Glatt’s bloodied return.
2 storage room office spaces out of 5