Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Clips From 'Goon' -- Shoots and Scores

'Goon' is quietly approaching a March 30 release in the U.S. There isn't much steam here, but clips play great and I'm thinking this will do well as a rental/stream and on TV.

I'm struck by how well director Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight) handles fight scenes. Usually, this stuff is utilitarian because the director wants to get back to shooting talking heads as soon as possible, but here camera work is fluid, editing is cohesive -- you don't get lost -- and the acting is just so. These guys took their time.

Movie is based on 'Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey' by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith, which accounts, in part at least, for how real the action feels.

Fights are at the heart of the movie and thanks to conscientious screenwriting by Jay Baruchel they're threaded with humor and humanity, well-crafted, and even show an arc.

If the rest of the movie matches this level 'Goon' should do well in the long run.

This one is, perhaps, even better.

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