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Good Will Hunting (1997) – A reel to treasure

Posted in Award, Film, Film Review, Golden Globe, Matt Damon, Oscar, Robin Williams with tags , , on July 7, 2011 by reeljunkie

I was shocked the other day when a friend of mine said she had just watched Good Will Hunting after her father had told her to, okay in the 90s we were too young to appreciate or watch such films, but this is a movie our generation must watch. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it or had watched it till last year. Okay being close to the end of my teenage years I probably have matured enough to not be into just the flick with the most explosions, the most blood or the hottie with the most exposed skin. Yet I am shocked no one had recommended this film to me before. Okay maybe not many people are as big Robin Williams fans as me to have jumped to my PC as soon as my friend mentioned a film with him in it, I scrolled through quiet a few good ones to get here, another viewing of Patch Adams, Dead Poet Soceity and August Rush(another movie I will address at a later time.).

When I got to Good Will Hunting my eyes widened and my jaw dropped, in spite of being the supporting actor(and winning an Oscar for it), this is probably one of Robin Williams’s best roles yet- a troubled Psychology professor.  After watching this piece of cinematographic art, Matt Damon jumped from just another Hollywood actor to one of my top five and Robin William’s reinforced his position there.

The name of the film is slightly miss leading, I expected it to be a feel good movie about Matt Damon or Robin Williams helping each other or the community out with acts of ‘good will’ like Mimi Leder’s Pay It Forward, starring one of my favorite actor’s Kevin Spacey. Anyway back to the film, the focus of the film is Will Hunting(Matt Damon), a young man earning his living through manual labor by day as a janitor in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spending his evenings with his three close friends of a similar background one of whom is played by Ben Affleck.

Will from the very start is portrayed to have a fairly anti-social behavior with a tendency to get into fights. But what he brilliantly keeps a secret is his genius intellect and is shown solving mathematical problems meant to challenge MIT students and unlike most he decides to fade back into the shadows making all wonder who the mystery man or woman is. Long story short, he gets seen by the professor, runs away, gets into a fight the following weekend, ends up in jail and is bailed out on one condition(by the aforementioned professor), he must turn up for a session of mathematical problem solving every week and see a therapist. Will agrees but his rebellious nature and his rude behavior drives most away psychologists away tiiiiill……………(you guessed it !!) Robin Williams enters the scene and the movie becomes really ‘deep’.

2 Academy Awards and 1 Golden Globe is less than what the movie deserves,  brilliant acting by all the leading roles, including the female lead who I didn’t feel the need to mention, her role should be left for audience to find out and I am not that big a fan. Gus Van Sant’s direction is amazing and the script is absolutely beautiful and here is the shocker, the fact that was almost impossible for me to swallow. The script was written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. So they are not just actors paid to read the lines, they wrote the lines and did it much better than most can. Enough said, I shall leave you to ponder the fact while you watch the movie, for the first time or again. It is a must for any film lover’s collection and has won its seat in my top 5 . The play on words in the title will mean something to you at the end, I’m sure of it. Get it, watch it, love it.

From the desk of a film addict.