Good Will Hunting
Movie Stats & Links
||Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver,
||Lots of swear words, a little sex, and more adult themes.
I'd leave the youngin's at home.
||Sure, bring them along.
||Not really gratuitous, but Will and Skyler end up in bed.
||A good brawl in a playground.
||Nope. It's a drama with laughs.
||Yep, quite a few.
||Will's explaining his logic in why he shouldn't work for
||The whole movie was full of quotes and too many to
||Gus Van Sant
Talk about an up-and-coming actor. What am I
saying up-and-coming? Matt Damon is here, he is now, and his future
is looking brighter than a nuclear blast. Sure, he's had some acclaim
before, but 1997 has sure been a great year for Damon, especially
concluding on a fabulous performance in "Good Will Hunting," a film
he co-wrote with Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film.
Good Will Hunting
A Movie Review
"Good Will Hunting" tells the story of Will Hunting (Damon), a
cocky, working class twenty year old who gets in trouble with the law
a lot. He is also a genius, seemingly unaware as to just how smart he
really is, or maybe too aware for his own good. He has a job
scrubbing floors at MIT, and just generally seems content hanging out
with his buddies, drinking some beers, and getting involved in an
occasional brawl. Unfortunately he gets in one too many brawls, and
the bad-ass judge won't stand for Will's pulling two hundred year old
cases from the law books as his defense. This time Will is heading
for jail. Enter Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), an MIT professor who
can't believe the guy running the buffer in the hallway is the one
solving complex math equations that even I can't solve. Lambeau wants
to be Will's guide into the world of Nobel Prize math solutions, and
strikes a deal with the judge. Will gets to stay out of jail and play
as long as he attends class with Lambeau, and gets counseling.
So, Lambeau enlists the help of numerous, uppity,
psychiatrists/therapists, none of whom can handle the intelligence
that is Will. At the end of his rope, Lambeau goes to his old college
buddy, Sean McGuire (Robin Williams). Sean is the kind of dude who
can relate, and seems to not really give a damn how smart Will is, he
just wants Will to become adjusted to deal with the real world around
him. Toss in a love story (Minnie Driver as Skylar), some great
working-class friends from the neighborhood (led by Ben Affleck as
Chuckie), and thus the story goes.
Now, the story is neat and sweet, but what is so cool about "Good
Will Hunting" is that every character is perfect. Will is cocky,
always with a line to give, always knowing the answer, and although
he is so damn smart, he still seems just a little lost. You've also
got Sean, a therapist, who has had his share of life struggles, is
just witty enough to deal with Will, and is almost as lost as Will is
when looking towards his own future. Robin Williams plays the role of
Sean perfectly, with a great mix of wit and wisdom to guide Will to
the real world. Then you've got Lambeau. He sees the potential Will
has, and worries about two things - the potential will go to waste,
and he won't be able to ride on Will's coattails to at least be the
guy who discovered and nurtured the boy genius. And let's not forget
Skylar, Will's love interest, who, where most of the other MIT women
might be admiring Will for his mind, she admires Will for being Will.
"Good Will Hunting" is one hell of a film, mixing quick lines,
fabulous inter-minglings between the brainy folk and rough, working
class, and also creating a bond between two people looking for an
answer they didn't know they needed to find. Damon secures himself as
a big-screen star, and he and Affleck can keep writing movies like
this all they want - I'll keep going to see them, and you should too.
I give "Good Will Hunting" 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!