Review: Goon: Last of the Enforcers
In 2011, Michael Dowse sent shockwaves through the Canadian film industry with his hockey comedy Goon. Taking a comedic angle to address the violence in the sport, the film was refreshing yet also thought-provoking. While no one asked for a sequel, writer and star of the previous film, Jay Baruchel, makes his directorial debut with Goon: Last of the Enforcers.
Seann William Scott returns as Doug Glatt, who returns to the ice only to be mauled by opponent Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell). Due to his severe injuries, Glatt is forced to hang up his skates and try his hand at an office job. Unable to stay away from the hockey life, Glatt forms an alliance with previous opponent Ross Rhea (Liev Schrieber) to up his fighting game so that he can defeat Cain. Eventually, Glatt is ready to get back on the ice, only to learn that Cain has joined his own team.
There’s certainly a fair amount of hockey humour spread throughout the sequel. Though, in a time where sports-related injuries are so heavily debated, there is a lack of serious commentary. Nevertheless, the actors on hand are obviously having a great time, and it is frequently a joy to watch them. Making his directorial debut, Baruchel has a keen control of the image. The scenes shot on the ice are particularly skilled. While the first film felt fresh and welcome, there is something missing with The Last of the Enforcers. The key players seem to be along for the ride, but there is a lack of agency that quickly moves the film into tired territory.