Jul 252004
 

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics which is discovered, and a psychiatrist tries to help him with his gift and the rest of his life.

Directed by
Gus Van Sant

Genres
Drama

Cast
Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser, John Mighton, Rachel Majorowski, Colleen McCauley, Matt Mercier, Ralph St. George, Rob Lynds, Dan Washington, Alison Folland

DVD

In “Good Will Hunting”, you have to look past the hype and Oscars and see that it really is a gorgeous film written by two very talented young men, and acted out by proficient actors such as Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgard. Personally, I thought the plot was an excellent idea – maybe someone else could have thought of it, but could they have provided the great script? And as for the profanity – yes, there was a lot, but I don’t give a damn! This is real life! People swear! Deal with it!

Anyway, what I really enjoyed about “Good Will Hunting” was the psychological aspect – very believable. Here you have this “typical” 21 – year – old, drinking with his friends, getting into fights, etc etc, but you look below the surface and there’s a lot more to him. I think this really tells us a lot about the people around us and makes a point about looking below the surface. This aspect of the movie also revealed a lot of sociological issues – yes, it IS believable that there is a genius in a rough suburb of Boston, repressed by his upbringing. (Hey, my mum even says so, and she teaches sociology!)

I enjoyed the acting a lot, especially by Robin Williams – I had been too used to seeing him in cutesy films, so this was definitely a refreshing change. I feel he plunged right into the part and relished it, although something told me his accent wasn’t quite right! Will’s relationships with the people around him are wonderful to watch, especially with Skylar (Minnie Driver) – there was real chemistry between them. I also liked to watch how Will behaved around his buddies; the four guys really seemed as if they had known each other all their lives.

Overall, I thought this movie was believable and touching, without your typical ending.

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