Have you seen Goon?
A very straight forward, simple and in no way breakthrough story. Although it’s not the story, the acting or the message of the movie, which makes you want to watch this. Towards the end, some might even feel overwhelmed and cry out: “I get it!” In other words, an exclamation of such kind would deem the Indieness (pun intended) of the entire flick. I keep coming up with synonyms for the general term “film” in a similar fashion to what Goon is trying to do to the term “stupid”.
Throughout the entire 92 minutes you will get to see many ways in which stupidity can come forth as funny. Though as dumbstruck as you might feel, the movie achieves laughs. It might be because the very writer of the piece is Jay Baruschel (stared in She’s Out of League and Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Evan Goldberg (writer of Superbad, Pineapple Express or the yet to come Neighborhood Watch).
The easiest and most slapstick humor can be achieved by ridicule, unnecessary obscenity or inventive ways of using the word “fuck”. We are used to all of the above, however, some movies just don’t know where to stop and push the ante too far. The audience rejects the experience and the crew (mainly director) can go back to the drawing board.
With all that in the bag, Goon adds something extra to the mix – gore. Yes folks, good old blood, bruises and in the end teeth flying all over the place. Don’t fret, it’s not that many – one to be exact.
One tooth to rule them all. One tooth to find them. One Tooth to bring them on ice and bind them.
Dough, the mild mannered bouncer makes a perfect example of a simpleton with a God given gift – strength. Played by Seann William Scott, he finds his destiny in hockey and lets no one take away the only thing that he’s good at. We might view “Dough the Tough” as the hero of the picture, but if you look closely, he’s not. He’s a skating bouncer, sort to speak. With little education or aim in life there’s no better example of how society’s lowest become the most praised. It’s a different take on the “rags to riches” or to put it differently “from nobody to somebody” metaphor. Uneducated, yet with morals of a well groomed prince. The guy who brings flowers and candy (reminded me of Forest Gump) to the woman he loves cannot be uneducated. Although old fashioned, he proves throughout the entire film to be a righteous man. Where others fail he wins by saying the truth out loud. The scene where he dines with his parents (he comes from a well educated Jewis family) points out the importance of being who you are and not being afraid of yelling it out for everybody to know. The individualism and cry for recognition from your loved ones is a necessity for the modern man/woman. Do we still need their blessing? What makes the character so appealing is his spirit, which can’t be broken. The modern superhero with a quest to bring his [team’s] life to a state of equilibrium.
The very last scene illustrates the point that I’m trying to make in an eloquent way. The brutal fist fight underscores the truth of what is hockey and where are we headed with our lives. A fight where bones will break and teeth will fly. One will lay there beaten and the other will walk away victorious. The old will make room for new and so on and so forth. I don’t want to turn this into an oxymoron contest, where I’m trying to top myself with how many I can come up with. On the contrary, I want to make sure by using so many that in the end you’ll scream: “I get it!”
Moving on frees out space, and not just in our lives.