Warriors Code: Our Review of ‘Goon: Last Of The Enforcers’ on Blu-Ray

Posted in Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies by - September 04, 2017
Warriors Code: Our Review of ‘Goon: Last Of The Enforcers’ on Blu-Ray

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There’s nothing more important than team…

Goon: Last Of The Enforcers more or less came at the perfect time 5 years after the initial film and while it doesn’t quite have the same charm that the original had it still manages to be an important and vital piece of the story of our hero Doug “The Thug” Glatt.

In Goon: Last Of The Enforcers we come upon a new day for the Halifax Highlanders. A pro lockout has reunited old teammates and brought a crew of new players to the bench; notably missing from the line-up, however, is everyone’s favourite enforcer and heart of the team, Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Seann William Scott) . Sidelined after one too many hits and now married with a baby on the way, Doug is hanging up his skates and settling into life as an insurance salesman. However when Doug’s nemesis, Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell) is made captain of the Highlanders and new ownership threatens to tear his team apart, Doug is compelled back into action. Ignoring the wishes of wife Eva (Alison Pill) Doug heads to the rink, discovering an unlikely training partner in fellow retired enforcer and one-time arch rival, Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Together with grit, passion and unrivaled loyalty, they will grind out one last chance to do what they do best; protect their team.

It ain’t high art, but then again it really never was meant to be as Goon: Last Of The Enforcers hits the right notes to generate some laughs and send the fans of the original film home happy while still making some salient comments on the state of the game of hockey.

Stepping into the director’s chair on a feature for the very first time; Jay Baruchel acquits himself reasonably well and doesn’t feel out of place leading a story like this.  The script that he co-wrote with first time screenwriter Jesse Chabot has a good core to it as we track Doug’s story and his desire to belong inside of a team (and truly learning what that means) is great but it gets layered with too many crude jokes and it affects the pacing of the film just a little bit, had they dialed back on the never ending gags it might have played a little more effectively from beginning to end.  However it still gets the job done as its pretty much the perfect continuation of this narrative and the commentary that Baruchel tries to infuse about the inherent violence in the game doesn’t fall on deaf ears without being overly heavy handed at the same time.

As it is the role he was born to play, Seann William Scott slides back into Doug “The Thug” with shocking ease.  It’s the story of a simple guy at a crossroads as he wants to be loyal to his family, taking himself out of harm’s way but can’t abandon the guys on his team when they need him the most.  He’s loyal to a fault and Scott gives Doug such a simplistic and innate charm that you just can’t help but root for the guy.  Everyone is back this time around, but all be it in very truncated roles with new players Wyatt Russell and Calum Keith Rennie taking up most of the air for the new characters.  No one is really bad, but everyone settles into some very comfortable ruts on this one, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it doesn’t make for any superbly compelling performances either.

Ultimately; Goon: Last Of The Enforcers is the cinematic equivalent of a comfortable old slipper.  It isn’t going to light the world on fire and you probably shouldn’t love it as much as you do but everything just feels right when you’re inside of this world.  It’s distinctly Canadian, it’s distinctly hockey and it’s distinctly Doug as the spirit of this iconic character exists in anyone who’s ever laced up a pair of skates to play hockey, and that’s good enough for us.

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