For a long time coming I’ve been counting down the days until Goon blessed theaters with its hockey flavored goodness. Long have I waited for another one of Hollywood’s attempts at properly picturing the pristine pond. It’s not an easy thing to do, hockey has as much a culture surrounding it as any other sport does. Just like Nascar has buck-toothed rednecks, hockey has its teeth-missing, slang-spewing, Canadians. I give you Goon.
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. – IMDb.com
Being a hockey player, this movie comes in skating on thin ice (see what I did there). Portraying the off-ice hockey culture can be a challenging task, seeing as how every team comes with their own dialect it seems. Culture, comes in a wide variety of aspects: superstitions, unspoken policies, that kinda thing. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s a lot of stuff that Joe Moviegoer might not pick up that myself and the team did. For example, the way the players dress, the bus life, etc. It’s all stuff that’s entertaining but at the same time stuff that I could watch and know exactly what it’s like.
That being said, there were a couple lazy mistakes that we picked up on. The goalies pads were on the wrong legs on occasion and there were a few scoreboard screw-ups that the majority of us caught after the game. Including somehow giving a guy a five minute major for high-sticking and keeping him in the game. Besides that, everything checked out.
Even though the lead character, Doug ‘The Thug’ Glatt, is portrayed as a dumb as nails, knuckle dragging, idiot, I did like how they put a player on his team that was studying to be a doctor. The player actually fixes himself after being taken out during a game.
To be honest, Goon was exactly what I expected, an entertaining movie with not too much to think about and a whole lot of blood. It showed the somewhat unappreciated role a grinder plays in the hockey world. “But hey, Project X was entertaining and you didn’t have to think about that at all,” dumb people may say, but here’s the deal breaker. Goon’s moral is that doing what the team needs and being selfless and loyal for a cause, is what matters most. I think Sean William Scott (Doug Glatt) summed it up best in the film when he said “If the team needs me to bleed, I bleed.”
Stay Thirsty My Friends,