Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting Poster

Director: Gus Van Sant
Writers: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Released: December 1997
Featuring: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver

This film is fantastic. You know why? Because it achieves thought provoking material without loosing the audience in to deep and meaningful and philosophical black hole. The film is able to do this by keeping the humour which seems loyal to the culture that the story is based around.

Mathematical Genius

The mathematical genius in denial – “You’re sitting on a winning lottery ticket, but too much of a pussy to cash it in” – Chuckie (Affleck)

I love these kinds of films. I have a weakness for wittiness and intelligent ideas, which are shown in Good Will Hunting. The protagonist, Hunting, at face value is a screwed up kid worthy of little sympathy. Yet, his mathematical intelligence is beyond compare, even though he refuses to acknowledge it. Through countless shrinks, he finally finds somebody (Williams) who can do more than scratch the surface of his dark past.

The only way you could tell that this film was made on a tighter budget was the repeated songs and the slightly over and under-exposed shots. However, depending on the experience and reputation of the director, this will either be classed as a ‘mistake’ or as ‘art’…

I mean, of course I like this film. Of course I do. It’s got Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver and Robin Williams in it for goodness sake! Their performances are so totally real and credible that you become immune to the repetitive swearing, which stutters the overall flow of the film until you get to know the characters. I also have a new found respect for Affleck and Damon who wrote the script. Incredible.

Skylar (Driver) Good Will Hunting

Skylar (Driver) is a fantastic love interest in the film

This film will either leave you contented with life and excited about your prospects for the future, or, leave you feeling hopeless that you don’t have an obvious talent that could give you a secure future. But for the most part, you will realise that the script is about how, despite society’s expectations and despite everybody having baggage and fears, everyone has a choice to start again, if only they have the courage to do so. Also, despite all of this we all have the same shot of achieving happiness.

A tremendous film that you can really read into. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters telling their stories too. That was something really quite different which gave you a real insight to each of their backgrounds.

Jodie’s rating: 8/10

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About Jodie (NZ Film Freak)

I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. I enjoy writing on my blog about films and songs, plus the odd random thought. Currently working as a writer in UK. Follow me on Twitter @NZFilmFreak and like my Facebook page NZ Film Freak. Follow my travels around the world www.jodiehart.co.nz
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10 Responses to Good Will Hunting

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    Yeah, great film Connie, but spoiled by lots of bad language. One for the adults only.

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