Goon: Last of the Enforcers Review
2011's Goon was a mostly unseen gem of a movie outside of countries where ice hockey is a major sport. In the UK, hockey is not a mainstream sport, with no televised games but with a dedicated yet small fan base across the country. The audience for a belated sequel like Goon: Last of the Enforcers already has a fight on its hands but throw in a rookie director and a less-than-well-rounded script and it feels like the makers have dropped the ball, or puck, so to speak.
With Doug 'The Thug' Glatt living out his dreams as the Halifax Highlanders' enforcer (and later, captain). He still doesn't have much in the way of hockey skills but is good with his fists. Being the guy he is, he likes to fight but he doesn't like hurting people as his apologies before, during, and after the fights can attest to. As life moves along and younger, fitter, hotter players populate the team Doug finds himself sidelined following one too many fights and contemplates hanging up his skates and settle into life as an insurance salesman alongside his pregnant, childhood sweetheart, Eva (Alison Pill). But then Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell) is made captain...
So, here we are with a sequel to a six-year-old surprise hit that no one expected. Most of the cast and crew from the first film return but without director Michael Dowse and writer Evan Goldberg, and it shows. Directorial (and co-writing) duties have now passed to Jay Baruchel, who has decided to lower the tone further and hasn't got a handle on the first film's penchant for visceral in rink action, preferring to concentrate on the crude, lewd humour he has been known for in some of his acting roles.
Therefore the fundamental elements that made Goon such a loveable humorous comedy is placed, again, solely on the shoulders of Seann William Scott. Scott, clearly understands the character and is comfortable in the role but sadly seems to still be in the shadow of the role that made him famous, Steven Stifler (America Pie). He has a solid-gold repertoire as a comedic actor and his performance as Doug is endearing and certainly helps make the film better than it should be.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers has a solid performance at its core in Scott flexing his comedic muscles as usual, however, the material and direction could have been elevated more with the inclusion of the original creative team who are sorely missed here.