Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
While it is a pity that the story wasn't told with more visual finesse, this is trivial compared to our real-world problems. It takes a good movie to put that into perspective.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
'GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)A sequel to the 2011 indie sports comedy hit 'GOON', with Sean William Scott returning in the starring role, as Doug 'the Thug' Glatt. The story revolves around a pro hockey lockout, which makes the lower league much more popular. Doug is made the captain of his team, as they have to deal with a shitload of new players, before he then decides to retire. The film costars Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel, Kim Coates and Marc-Andre Grondin in returning roles; with Wyatt Russell, Callum Keith Rennie, Elisha Cuthbert and T.J. Miller joining the cast. Baruchel also makes his feature directorial debut helming the movie, and he co-wrote it (once again) with Jesse Chabot. It's received a limited indie theatrical release at the Box Office, and it's now available for rent on video and VOD. It's also gotten mixed reviews from critics (unlike the mostly positive reviews for the first film). I loved it. With a pro hockey lockout causing more media attention for the lower league, Doug (Scott) is made captain of the Halifax Highlanders. During their first game he's challenged to a fight by the rival team's enforcer, Anders Cain (Russell), who's also the son of the Highlanders' owner, Hyrum Cain (Rennie). Doug loses the brutal fight, and he's injured during it as well, so he decides to retire from the sport. Doug's wife, Eva (Pill), is expecting a child, and Doug decides to take an office job in order to prepare for a more normal (and less dangerous) family life. Still he constantly dreams of returning to the sport.The movie is a great film for people that like bloody sports action, hockey obviously, and constant dick and fart jokes. It also helps to like multiple 80s style montage scenes, with 80s music. The film actually feels more like a 'ROCKY' flick than anything else, with lots of crude comedy in between the central plot points. It's more about the bloody fights, in hockey, than the sport itself, and it's excessively violent too (in a good way, in my opinion). Scott is also completely lovable in the lead again, and Baruchel impresses as a debut filmmaker. I really enjoyed it, as I also did the first one.
There wouldn't be many that would call 2011's hockey comedy Goon a great success financially or critically but the film which flopped at box offices around the world built up a steady stream of support on home release, that has seen it become a bit of a cult favourite for sport and comedy fans, so much so that we now have this most unlikely of sequels, Goon: Last of the Enforcers.Making the most of the fairly one-dimensional talents of Sean William Scott and Jay Baruchel, Goon which was inspired by the real life story of hockey enforcer Douglas Smith, who made a career for himself punching his way through his matches, was a funny and oddly endearing tale, elements that are amiss here in Enforcers.Feeling far more forced than the original, this sequel as directed by Baruchel, who takes over from original director Michael Dowse and appears only in some brief cameo scenes in this film, suffers from finding a reason to exist with Scott's Doug Glatt feeling the pinch of old age and the impending responsibility of parenthood not really enough to drive this film forward.The first film benefited greatly from the underdog tale of Glatt's rise from bouncer to hockey thug and his rivalry with Liev Schreiber's fellow hockey enforcer Ross Rhea but all we get in Enforcer is Glatt becoming an office worker for a time and Wyatt Russell's angry Anders Cain coming into the picture to give the film an antagonist on the ice to allow the film to feature some more intense ice-rink beat downs.You can sense Baruchel's rawness behind camera in a lot of the films scenes and narrative constructions and while the funny-man makes for an often likable big screen presence, he can't embed his film with any of those charms and while there's a simple pleasure in getting to see these characters on screen again and the odd laugh, the whole thing feels rather pointless and more like an excuse for everyone involved to catch up, not develop another memorable return for Glatt on the big screen.Final Say – Big fans of the original Goon may find themselves enjoying this sequel more than the average cinemagoer but Baruchel's often tiresome and unfunny film fails to find a decent enough reason to exist, seemingly proving that the surprising success of the 2011 original in the years that followed its initial release didn't warrant Doug Glatt's bloodied return.2 storage room office spaces out of 5
Jack Bonar (Daedsikcaj)
The featured review for this movie on IMDb says a lot of negative things but doesn't really give any examples or go into detail on why it's supposedly not a good film, other than using "low-budget" as a slur and an indicator of quality, because all films with small budgets suck and all movies with big budgets are great right? Well I'm gonna go ahead and counterbalance that with a 9/10 having just read that it existed within the last 5 minutes. I absolutely loved the original from 2011 and thought it was genius. I'm a sucker for stories about deeply flawed characters with big hearts and good intentions. And just now I find out there's a sequel. It is currently 4 AM and I'm staying up to watch it having gotten a digital copy online. And then I'll probably go around telling people about it and forcing people to watch it like I did with the first one. And even if I'm disappointed with it at least they tried to keep a really great story going.
With few exceptions sequels tend to not be as good as the originals. That is the case here, sadly.However, this movie surprised me with how fun it is. I am a fan of the 1st Goon, which charmed me with its heart and crazy gore-filled fights. This movie continues in that tradition, with a little less success than the 1st movie had. Sure there were a few annoying parts, like TJ Miller's cameo as a sports desk host, but the overall chemistry of the cast remains, as does the brutal violence. I wasn't expecting much and I found this movie to be quite enjoyable.