This weekend marked the release of Goon: The Last of the Enforcers in Canada, my native country. The sequel to the original cult Canadian classic is directed by fellow Canadian Jay Baruchel in his directorial debut, who also co-wrote it, as well as reprising his role from the first film. While promoting the film, he sat down with Joblo and was asked to name some of his favorite movies from last year.
Well, my favorite films of ’16, number 1 would be Nocturnal Animals. I think it’s gorgeous and compelling and such a good mystery, and the music is insane. For a guy who’s such a good fashion designer, can just wake up and be one of the world’s great directors? I love that movie…”
Nocturnal Animals was heavily praised this past year and generated quite a bit of Oscar buzz. It currently stands at a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. Baruchel then went on to hesitantly talk about one of last year’s most divisive films.
…umm… This is gonna get me in a lot of shit, and you’re the first time I’ve said it publicly, I’ve been trying to decide when I’m gonna say it…my other favorite film of last year is…not the theatrical version mind you, just the director’s cut…BATMAN V SUPERMAN…DAWN OF JUSTICE: Ultimate Edition is probably the film I’ve seen the most from last year. I’ve watched it about seven times…”
Ironically, Batman V Superman is also my most watched film of 2016 as well. I guess Canadians just love Zack Snyder’s trastherpiece. The interviewer then praised the film’s vision, and how Marvel films don’t necessarily have a distinct one, which Baruchel agreed to.
“THANK YOU! This is what I said, even when I saw the theatrical one and didn’t love it. In its weakest moment, it has more choice, style and commitment to it than the best moment in CIVIL WAR. CIVIL WAR, I can’t tell you what it’s about or who made it. You watch BATMAN V SUPERMAN you know exactly what it’s about and he fucking committed to a choice and DC always does that.
Baruchel then stated what I, personally, think is the greatest summation of the film.
“So, for my money I think history’s going to regard that as the world’s most expensive indie film.”
I agree with everything Jay Baruchel said, especially with how the film has much more choice than most superhero films. The film certainly has flaws, but it does so with grace. Each frame is riddled with symbolism that you honestly can’t ignore.
Goon: The Last of the Enforcers is directed by Jay Baruchel and stars himself, Seann William Scott, Liev Schrieber, Allison Pill, and Wyatt Russell.
Goon: The Last of the Enforcers is currently in Canadian cinemas. A U.S release date has not been decided yet.