Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #342 Good Will Hunting

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2011 at 6:33 AM

Movie #342 Good Will Hunting 

(1994, US, d. Gus Van Sant)

Every scene is memorable, and as an audience member, what more can you ask for? As a man, though, this film is on the list of ‘must-see’ films before you die. It’s not a violent film, not one that ensnares your adrenaline-needed senses, it is just a film that challenges a certain psychology. A ‘teacher-changes-bad-student-full-of-potential” story at its core, writers Ben Afleck and Matt Damon (yeah, they wrote this) are able to twist that in such an original way, every scene seems so inspired. It is a story about potential but Afleck and Damon are able to make this film a story about self-discovery. It is a movie about opening up, facing the past, accepting it, and moving on. It is a film that also has the great fortune of having a great protagonist: an MIT janitor who turns out to be a math genius. He works construction jobs and wants nothing to do in his life but hang around with his friends who aren’t going anywhere. Robin Williams plays a psychiatrist/mathematician who decides to help him out based off a recommendation from an MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgard) who discovers Will Hunting’s talent. A film whose parts flow together with incredible ease. I’m serious: Watch this film. Every scene is incredibly written and performed.

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