GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS
The ice guys…
OUT 8 SEPTMEBER
i n the immortal words of Wesley Snipes’ Blade, “Some motherfuckers are always tryin’ to ice skate uphill.” It’s a visual metaphor that’s strangely appropriate for this belated sequel to 2011’s rough and rude hockey-com Goon, which tries hard but goes nowhere fast.
Seann William Scott returns as Doug Glatt, an enforcer who can barely hit a puck but has no trouble busting skulls. Still loyal to his beloved Halifax Highlanders, Doug receives a brutal beatdown by new kid on the frost Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell). But with a baby on the way, Doug’s loyalties are split between his families at home and on the ice.
Featuring an endearingly watchable Scott, gross-out gags and pulse-quickening fist-flinging, everything that made Goon a cult crowd-pleaser is present. Practically the entire cast returns too, but most are underserved by a script that brings nothing new to the ice, and some flat and uninspired lens-work. Worse is Russell, whose rage-fuelled Cain acts like Anger from Inside Out in human form.
Anyone with a fondness for the first film will find some pleasure in revisiting this band of loveable misfits, but we’re a long way from the hockey hall of fame. Jordan Farley
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