Good Will Hunting – 1997 – English
Film directed in 1997 by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser, Philip Williams, John Mighton, Rachel Majorowski, Colleen McCauley, Matt Mercier, Richard Fitzpatrick, Harmony Korine…
Synopsis: A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart.
Review: A lot of things have been said about this fantastic movie, and I only hope to add a few more praises.
The fact that it was written by Ben and Matt was a shock to me, I did not expect any strong writing and a solid script, but boy was I wrong. The movie lasts for 2 hours, and every minute of it I couldn’t even focus on anything beside the incredible world of Will Hunting.
Matt plays Will Hunting, who is a brilliant young man who denies his unreal intellect. Will has had a very abusive childhood which hurt him mentally to a point where he can no longer let anyone close to him aside from his best friend who is played by Ben. That is until a professor at one of the top colleges finds Will’s talent and helps him out of trouble with the law. Robin Williams later comes in as a therapist to Will, he is the only one who can really stand up to Will’s intellect and manages to break the layer of distrust that Will has developed over years of solitude, and the two develop a bond beyond friendship.
Yes there is a girl, but this is not a romantic movie. There is more to life then what we are taught and what we have to show for it.
The writing is witty, brilliant and hilarious at times, both Matt and Robin Williams preform wonderfully from both a comedic and theatrical prospective. Matt’s best work since Dogma and Williams best along side Dead Poet’s Society.