MOVIE REVIEW: “Good Will Hunting” stars Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity, The Departed), Robin Williams (Jumanji, Ms. Doubtfire), Ben Affleck (Argo, Gone Girl), Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ), Minnie Driver (Princess Mononoke, Tarzan ), Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Interstellar), and Cole Hauser (Pitch Black, 2 Fast 2 Furious). It is directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk, Elephant) and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. It is about a janitor at a pristine college named Will Hunting (Damon) who has a talent that gives him a high intellect which amounts to several high scholars. This gift gets discovered, as he is being forced to solve equations and lead a bigger life while he just wants to be left alone and stay in the safe environment he knows and loves. This mentality will be put to the test when he is assigned to a therapist named Sean (Williams) who will try to unlock his mind and help him through his inner problems that hold him back from achieving greatness.
“It’s not your fault.” Respected by several critics, nominated for nine academy awards while winning two including Best Writing and Best Supporting Actor for 1997, “Good Will Hunting” was a definite choice for me to pick up and see. I knew that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were more involved in the film industry other than just acting, but I didn’t know that they were this good because this is one stellar movie. From the beginning to the end, my eyes were locked on the screen, captivated by a story which isn’t even focused on an event, rather a character. But it’s about who this character is that makes the movie worthwhile. The further the film went, the more Will was uncovered and I felt like I was experiencing his “day in the life” along with him. It’s some of the best character development I have seen along with fantastic performances that really pull it together. Everyone does a great job, with Matt Damon escaping into the role of Will. I only saw the character. And Robin Williams, well, you should already know how terrific an actor the guy is. He has such a likable presence, even though his character is more deep than comedic. It’s probably one of his best performances, and he won his only Oscar for it. One aspect I love about the plot is how realistic it is. The way Will hangs out with his friends is the way normal young adults, or teenagers, act in the real world. It can even be funny at times with the things they say or do. The directing style helps with this sense of realism as well. Noticeable vantage points during the run time are those of the car rides with Will and his buddies goofing off or just looking outside. The lake Will and Sean sit beside is also a memorable moment. With all of this character involvement comes a sense of connectivity. I felt for these people and even got shook up during the climax moment of one of Will and Sean’s last meetings, hence the quote above. It’s odd how movies like these spark interest in me, or how a film like this can turn into something spectacular. It takes great writing to turn something as basic as a smart, but unnoticed, guy being discovered of his talents into something unforgettable. Which brings me to the portion that most people await for in a review: what are the issues? Well, I have two. The first is the cussing. I know, it adds to the normalcy of average people interactions like I stated before, but I never really admired cursing in films. I’m not that kind of person. I don’t mind if it is said once or twice when needed, mainly to be cool (like at the end of “Oblivion” when Tom Cruise cussed out Sally) because it adds a punch when it is used very little, but when it is used in every sentence, it can get on my nerves. It’s more of a pet peeve. My final issue is extremely minor, but I need to get it out there. There is a scene in one of Will and Sean’s meetings where they talk about their fathers. It’s a very dark moment, but while they are talking, it cuts to a man walking up stairs, to add a sense of a flashback. The fact is, this whole movie never had flashbacks, and the addition of this didn’t seem needed at all. It only lasted for a short time anyway. So, in conclusion, this is an almost perfect film and a masterpiece of cinema. I enjoyed every minute and loved the heavy character development. I encourage anyone of the right age to see this film if they haven’t. FINAL SCORE: 98%= Juicy Popcorn
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