In the pantheon of hockey films (and films that have hockey in them), 2011’s “Goon” holds a special place.
Writers Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg penned the most insightful, informed look at the game since “Slap Shot,” and in the process helped create a film with characters that connected with viewers and Easter eggs that puckheads devoured.
Baruchel felt there was more story to tell with Doug Glatt, Ross “The Boss” Rhea and the rest of the original cast, and thus 2017’s “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” was born. Baruchel directed it, and he and Jesse Chabot wrote the screenplay.
It premiered in Canada on March 17, much to the chagrin of the U.S. fans that loved the first film. Well, our time has come: “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” his select theaters On Demand and Digital HD on Sept. 1. It heads to DVD on Oct. 3. Check out the trailer here:
I caught the flick back in March. If you liked the characters in “Goon,” you’ll be happy to catch up with them in the sequel; and it’s great to see that Glatt hasn’t lost any of his ‘puppy with a sledgehammer’ charm. Baruchel’s puckhead credentials are unquestionable, and he shoots the hockey scenes with that insight. It also deals with the evolution of the modern goon, including a satirical “fight club on ice.”
My favorite thing about the film, though, was Wyatt Russell as Anders Cain, Glatt’s rival and sort of the “Goon 2.0” of this hockey world. (He fights, he scores, he pisses off his opponents and teammates.)
He’s an enormously compelling character, and the movie’s most layered one. Liev Schreiber’s character from the first film is a hard act to follow – he was basically “JAWS” incarnate – but Russell does something really different and fascinating. (And having Kurt “Herb Brooks” Russell’s son as the antithesis of hockey heroism is delightfully meta.)
We’ll have more on “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” as the U.S. premiere gets closer. Here’s a chat with Jay Baruchel from earlier this year.