Goon: Last of the Enforcers review by Bobby Blakey
Back in 2011 Sean William Scott and Liev Schreiber battled it out in the cult hockey hit comedy Goon. There had been rumblings of a sequel and fans can now break out the jersey’s and return to the ice for the next chapter Goon: Last of the Enforcers this time with co-star Jay Baruchel also taking over directing duties, but does it have the same punch as the original or will it lose the rematch all together?
Goon: The Last of the Enforcers follows hockey enforcer Doug Glatt who is forced to give up his aspirations of going to the big show after one too many injuries and settles into a buttoned down career as an insurance salesman at the urging of his pregnant wife Eva. However, Doug can't resist the siren call of the Highlanders, so he sets course to reclaim his former glory. This next chapter not only features the return of Scott, Schreiber and Baruchel, but also a slew of returning and new cast including Alison Pill, Marc André Grondin, Wyatt Russell, Callum Keith Rennie, Jason Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, and Kim Coates. I loved the original film and was one of those hoping for a follow up, but when you wait this long there is always that chance that it loses its spark. Thankfully that is not the case and this one works just as well while being its own new story.
Movies like this tend to rehash the same story for their sequels, but this one was more our evolving the character to a new place. The original is a pretty lean story which is part of why it works so I was surprised that they were able to keep it that lean and still take the character to a new place while still keeping everything we love intact. Sean William Scott is great in the role and one of those actors that we just don’t get to see enough of. He has made this part his own and while I would love the character in more films, this film does a great job of bringing the story full circle to closure. All of the other returning cast are all great fun to watch making you feel like the first film was just yesterday.
Have no fear while there is plenty of heart this time around there is no shortage of fights and spewing blood that the fans look forward to. If anything I think the fights this time around are more brutal and fun, but nothing will live up to the face-off between Scott and Schreiber in the first film. Get out there and support this bloody fighting sequel in theaters, On Demand and Digital HD now.