What can I say about Goon: Last of the Enforcers? Perhaps I shouldn’t have expected much from a film with the word “goon” in the title, but perhaps I was the goon for expecting anything at all. Set amid the game of competitive ice hockey we follow our main goon Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Seann William Scott). Doug was sadly forced out of the game due to injury, but when he sees his arch nemesis Anders Cain taking his place as captain of his beloved Halifax Highlanders, he is compelled to enter back into the game to put things right.
Funnily enough there is very little ice hockey featured in the film, what is shown is the frequent and ferocious brawls that happen within minutes of any given game. These brawls explain the multiple repeated injuries that the Highlanders obtain and also exactly how they have become so very goon-like. Goon: Last of the Enforcers is in no way a complex film and takes no shame in being that. Doug exemplifies this by being portrayed as something of a dimwit in every aspect of life, William Scott delivers jokes with the same vacant stare as when his wife tells him she has gone into labour. While this started out as humorous, I did tire of it quickly. Goon: Last of the Enforcers is undoubtedly a comedy, and there are many funny elements, but the same simple joke seems to be repeated again and again with extra profanities added for each additional telling.
Brief interludes with the Sports Desk news team are actually some of the funniest and least frequent scenes peppered throughout the film. Their updates give next to no information about the games at hand and do not push the story forward in any way, but the animated delivery from sportscaster Chad Bailey (T.J. Miller) provided a few laugh out loud moments for me. Although there were definite Anchorman-esque similarities to these segments they didn’t reach the same dizzy heights of hilarity they were striving for.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers is a perfectly fine film for what it is, a simple silly comedy. I was surprised myself to learn this was actually a sequel to an initial outing simply titled Goon. I was less surprised to realise I really didn’t need to see the first film to understand what would happen in the second. There are certainly some humorous moments, the collection of outtakes during closing credits show that these goons had a lot of fun making this comedic caper, however I strongly suspect this may be the last of the last of these enforcers.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers is on general release from Friday 8th September