Good Will Hunting - On the campus of one of America's leading Universities, Will Hunting, has an advanced gift for mathematics, he is also the person who cleans the floors. After getting in a fight and resisting arrest, he is forced to seek help from a psychologist to find the long wanted direction in his life.
In today's film review, I will be looking at a hard hitting drama, based around a man with true potential, to be good but isn't.
'Good Will Hunting' a film directed by Gus Van Sant, Written by and Starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in the leading roles.
SPOILER ALERT : Spoiler alert means, there's going to be spoilers so if you haven't seen this film and would like to without things being spoiled you should probably read this review a bit later.
There are a few key aspects I wish to talk about this film inperticular, certain scenes that stood out to me as being good in terms of effect on the viewer, some scenes which I thought were good in showing relationship in terms of character, some scenes which showed great perseverance in directing, characters I liked, characters relationships with other characters, how that relationship made the film feel real and stand out.
This film was released in the USA on the 9th of January 1998 and came to the UK on the 6th of March 1998, so it released in what some people would call 'The Golden Era' of films, because the 90's stands out in people's minds as being 'The Golden Era' of films.
This film truly is a brilliantly written piece, very touching, very hard hitting, very well executed. It tells the audience the story of a wayward young man called Will Hunting (Matt Damon) who struggles to find his
identity in life and his place in life, he finds himself living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the
one brewing deep within himself.
His best friend is Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck) who he hangs out with every day alongside him are his other friends who form a group of friends for Will to egist with. Will tends to be the one who stands out from the crowd, he is a janitor at MIT and after everyone's gone home completes the most complicated of Maths problems because he has the intelligence to do so, this impresses Prof. Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård) who becomes determined to find out who is the genius that's solving these problems.
After Will gets into a bad fight and resists arrest Lambeau bails him out under his supervisison, on the condition that he meets with him every week and helps him with the most of advanced mathematical complications and that he sees a psychologist once a week. It is then for the first time in Will's life, he meets his match with Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).
It's throughout the film Will and Sean become good friends who understand their differences. And the viewer gets many good insists into their relationship with scenes such as the scene on the park bench, the when did you know discussion scene, it's not your fault scene I thought that stood out very well. the point of their relationship is they look like two people who aren't going to get on but they do because the story wouldn't go anywhere if they didn't.
I thought that the friendship between Lambeau and Sean was identified well, two people who have their differences but can still have a laugh over a pint and talk about old times, there's a good scene between them where there in a pub and their talking about what's best for will. Lambeau wants him to pursue the maths career and Sean feels Will has the initiative to make his own decisions in life.
And later on in the film there's a very powerful argument that the two characters have about Will and the aggression really comes out it is such a great scene. the writing and performances in this film are what make it stand above so many others.
Also Will is his own person, and it when he meets his soul mate (Minnie Driver) who opens his mind and his heart.the connections that Will had with Skyla, I thought were good in showing the identity of Will as Will and that he can be sensitive, he can have feeling towards another human being that isn't his friend.
The director Gus Van Sant really was top dog on this project, he seized the challenge with both hands, and did everything for the right reason and overly was very impressed with his direction.
I thought Matt Damon as 'Will Hunting' was really good, but then again Matt Damon is a good actor so one expect no less.
Robin Williams was amazing, I know Robin Williams is better known for his more eccentric talents in films, but hear he plays a sensitive, serious character and it just shows Robin Williams can do serious roles, I though he really pulled it off, he convinced me from start to finish.
In a nutshell, I would say give this film a watch, but with your attention has to be on it from start to finish, you have to be in the right mood to watch it. As a film, yes its good. I like it a lot
I'm giving it an 8/10
1 Gold Star to Matt Damon
1 Gold Star to Robin Williams
Thank You for reading this review, my next film that I will review will be 'Looper' starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and written and directed by Rian Johnson, I will post that review on Friday the 7th of June 2013.