I think Doug Benson was the first person I heard say Goon was good. I’ve been meaning to watch it since then. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from Seann William Scott in this role, but he impressed me. Really, I expected him to be Stiffler on skates, but I got a new character from him. So, in the end, I enjoyed Goon and give it the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) doesn’t really know what to do with his life. He’s the black sheep of his brainy family and is a bouncer at a local bar. His talent for kicking ass is put to use by an under performing semi-pro hockey team with hopes of achieving hockey glory.
Jay Baruchelwho also has a supporting role, and Evan Goldberg wrote Goon. It brings Goldbergs usual comedic style in with some really great hockey moments and fights. Directed by Michael Dowse who uses some great camera work to insert the audience into the brutality of the fights. The first fight we see Doug get into protecting Pat (Baruchel) who was heckling a hockey player is intense. The close-ups on the violence paired with the quick cuts really makes the brutality seems real.
Doug Glatt is a goon or a thug to those watching from inside the world of the film. Except to Eva (Alison Pill) who sees the caring side of Glatt. In fact, he acts more like a bouncer on the ice than some bloodthirsty thug. He wants to protect his teammates like Xavier LaFlamme (Marc-Andre Grondin) from people like Ross Rhea (Liev Schrieber). Doug is really a lovable character and I was definitely rooting for him. The film’s conflict manages to feel genuine and never gets over-inflated.
Liev Schrieber does a great job being a likable antagonist
The build-up for the obvious rival of Rhea is even handled with respect. There isn’t’ animosity between the two, but a mutual respect. The players on the team do, however, question Doug’s role on the team, but learn to include him. Anytime it looks like a normal sports film Goon changes directions. I’ve always loved sports comedies like Major League and even the Replacements. Goon may have surpassed many of them especially due to the quality of writing.
I went in expecting to have a few laughs at an actor I often enjoy. Scott is in some of my favorite comedies Role Models, all the American Pies, and Road Trip. Yet, I don’t often think of him as being able to carry a film. Goon may have changed that opinion. I definitely think it’s one to watch if you like hockey and don’t mind some excessive blood.