Sunday, 15 January 2012
Movie #4 Goon
Pitched somewhere between Dodgeball and last year's Win/Win, Goon is a surprisingly warm-hearted and well-balanced comedy. There is a fair dollop of the gross-out stuff, but it's evened out by genuine wit and some surprising cultural sensitivity, as well as an oddly charming romance between Scott and Alison Pill. Scott himself is very funny in an understated performance, Schreiber is convincingly grizzled and the supporting cast of hockey-world stereotypes - the Russian import, the moustachioed Canuck (from Regina, Saskatchewan of course!), the flamboyant Quebecois - are lovingly drawn by writers Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel (who also co-stars as an anarchic fanboy best friend).
Speaking of the writing, beyond being a well-crafted story, there are some really great gags in the film too. I won't spoil any here, but suffice to say that you don't need to be a hockey fan to understand any of them. In fact, I'm a complete hockey neophyte, but enjoyed this film very much in spite of some initial reservations. Slight, certainly, but it's got plenty of laughs and plenty of heart. Recommended.