Goon – A Review

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that Veronica is very passionate about hockey and you shouldn’t be surprised that she went to see Goon this past weekend.

Goon was not exactly what you’d come to expect in a sports movie. It boasts that it’s based on a true story and certainly there are clips at the end to support this, but the story itself is nothing new. The same formula has been used many times in many different ways but thanks to an amusing script written by Jay Baruchel (who costars as the bestfriend), Goon doesn’t feel like you’ve been seated to be pummeled to death needlessly.

Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Seann William Scott) comes from an academic family and his chronic under achievements are an insult to his parents. But he knows his strength; he’s a protector and has fists of steel. After an incident at the local rink, he catches the eye of the coach and is offered a chance to play for the team. As the enforcer, of course. Eventually he gets to play in the Eastern Maritime Hockey League where he meets his match in Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), another enforcer.

The sometimes over the top violence had us cringe in our seats, especially when Doug gets the puck to the face, but with the brutality that you’re shown, Scott’s seemingly naiveté and honesty is a welcome balance. The overall message was not lost on us: violence is tolerated only within the confines of the rink, despite what the long term repercussions may be.

If you’re squeamish and don’t like the sight of blood, then Goon is not for you. But if you can look past the violence and the glorification of hockey fights then this comedy is worth watching.

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