Goon Skids on the Ice

Goon now on:

Blu-ray, DVD, and combo pack

I’m not a big sports fan, but often I find myself enjoying sports related movies especially the comedies. I still have a soft spot for Major League. In that spirit, I sat down with the comedic hockey tale Goon.

Based on a book by real life hockey goon Douglass Smith (& Adam Frattasio), Goon is the story of the unintelligent, muscled Doug Glatt who works as a bouncer. After a You Tube video of on of his fights goes viral, he asked to audition for a local hockey team. He learns how to skate, and his only job is to protect the other players. Even though his father (Eugene Levy) looks down on him (and his gay brother), Glatt works hard at the one thing he is good at: fighting.

Glatt is picked up by a professional team where is job is to protect a hockey star who’s career is sliding due to drugs and sex. As Glatt makes a name for himself, his skills lead the team to a possible playoff game and a fight with legendary henchman Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Much hockey chaos ensues.

The trouble with Goon is that you don’t like the characters, and you unable to empathize with any of them. Glatt’s character is supposed to be funny, but I can’t bring myself to laugh at some one that seems like they have Asperser’s syndrome. The other hockey players are all foul mouthed punks who you really don’t care whether they form a team or not. Glatt’s best friend’s (Jay Baruchel) character could have deleted entirely, and the movie would have been even funnier. Glatt’s love interest is a self proclaimed slut. Even Kim Coate’s coach does more yelling than actually coaching.

The movie doesn’t really focus on the hockey aspect which is why the pinnacle of the movie is Glatt’s fight with Rhea. This leaves the audience to wondering, did they make it to the play offs or not? Yes, the not so bright Glatt is good at something, something that helps his team to glory, but with out the team glory is there really more than fighting?

The best part pf the movie was watching the real footage during the credits. Yes, refs did let the players fight like that. I also enjoyed the cinematography. The majority of fight shots were fluid, and you could tell what was going on in the fights as well as on the rink.

Extras

Goon features a Power Play version. When the hockey sticky icon comes up on the screen during the movie, you can press a button to be taken to behind the scenes clip and then resume the movie. The viewer can also watch these clips separately instead of with in the movie. There is a commentary with director Michael Dowse and writer/actor Baruchel, deleted scenes and a behind the scenes features. The bloopers aren’t funny and are mostly more shots of everyone hitting each other.

Bottom Line: The movie makes an attempt to put humor and meaning behind the life of an ex-hockey goon, but it handles it with mediocrity.

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