Good Will Hunting – Film Review


Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

It took a while for me to get round to watching this, which is a shame because this is a film everyone has to see.

A movie co-scripted by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the writing here is wonderful. It’s so real and deep and honestly I wish we had more Damon/Affleck screenplays. The film goes along at a gentle pace, but the subject matter is certainly not gentle. Each character has so many issues and problems that they have to deal with, and all have moment when they just lose. The narrative is fairly predictable and fairly tries anything new, but it’s filled with enough hard hitting moments to keep you entertained. There’s also lots of quirks in the journey, such as the antics of the Hunting/Sullivan (Damon, Affleck) crew early on in the movie.

To say there’s powerful performances would be an understatement. Damon is marvelous as the screwed up young guy and steals most scenes when being quick witted or cocky. Robin Williams is a good counterpart to him, playing another messed up guy, but he’s far calmer until pushed to the edge. Williams is brilliant and honestly when he comes up against Damon, it’s some of the best acting I’ve ever seen. Affleck, like Damon is also charming and the rest of the cast do well to support the heavyweights up front.

I love this film. It’s so ingeniously written and acted that it’s hard to fault it. It does have a lot of filler, but you totally forget about that whenever the Doctor and patient are up against each other, or whenever the group of guys are making jokes. Its the perfect character drama, as it creates the most imperfect characters. You must watch this for just the completely improvised ‘idiosyncrasy’, which is superbly awesome.

A quirky tale, backed up with some powerful performances. – 5/5


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