Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: Goon (2011)

This comedy film is based on a true story. And it seems so as the characterisation is top notch. This one was released at Video on Demand in the US and also filmed at the Toronto Film Festival.
  The film stars none other than Sean William Scott. He's most renowned for starring in the first 3 theatrically released American Pie films. He has also starred in other films like Evolution and the underrated The Rundown with Dwyane 'The Rock' Johnson. His upcoming feature is the 4th cinematic American Reunion reviving his role as the cult favourite Steve Stifler.
  Reunion looks awesome. I loved the 3rd - every scene was laughable. This time, as the title suggests, all the original characters come together again so it's gonna be a blast! It's got 42% from Rotten Tomatoes and was released on April 6 in North America.
  Now for Goon. The story follows a bouncer (W. Scott) becoming an enforcer for a small-time Ice Hockey League and eventually moving up the ranks. The story is kind of original and better than most sports flicks. The acting by W. Scott and Liev Schreiber is well-suited for their roles. The action scenes in the film are catchy. And even a minority of the dialogues make you LOL. Especially between the two actors mentioned.
  On the other hand, though the film has a newer concept most of the scenes aren't so laughable. You'll get through most of the film's funny parts but the drama seems as if it were forced upon. The romantic intimacy between Scott and the female lead (Alison Pill) isn't convincing.
  The film is directed by Michael Dowse and written by Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel (who also co-stars). Baruchel is a bad actor he was OK in this though as if he finally found a role that suited him. Which is ironic as he must've constructed him himself. Eugene Levy is cast as Doug Glatt (Scott)'s dad. Levy is also best-known for being in the AP franchise having starred in all 8 films. To sum up, the characterisation and story make up most of the positiveness, but with useless dramatic scenes and also a predictable watch after the first 45 minutes, this is not to be included in Scott's best-movies list.

IMDB: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Box Office 101: 1.5/4.

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