Good Will Hunting - Thought Provoking Movie

                                   "Some people can't believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first." Movies are most of the time related to a human being's life. Movies apply psychology to their plots. Movies like 'Good Will Hunting' directed by Gus Van Sant show us that psychology is part of our lives in a day to day base. The film is an excellent example of the issues involving interpersonal communication and how they play a part in either making or breaking our relationships. It's a Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers.

     When big-shot professor Lambeau ( Stellan Skarsgard) presents a math challenge to his students, with a fine reward to match, Will(Matt Damon) anonymously solves the formula on a blackboard placed in the school's corridor. Lambeau begins a search for the mysterious student, and upon finding Will takes him under his wing. It's the only way for Will to get parole after a number of run-ins with the law. Lambeau makes two conditions: that Will meet with him once a week for a math session and that he begin therapy.
                         A succession of psychologists tries to reach Will, using various techniques (including hypnosis), but he won't cooperate. Finally, Lambeau summons his old, alienated classmate, Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), a community college instructor and therapist --- and the real drama begins.

                Matt Damon as a misunderstood, rebellious genius gives a radiant and towering performance.  The outstanding performance of the film belongs to Robin Williams, who leads a superlative ensemble supporting cast including Ben Affleck. Two young actors(Damon and Affleck) with soaring reputations have written themselves a smart and touching screenplay, then seen it directed with style, shrewdness and clarity by Gus Van Sant. There couldn't be a better choice than the unsentimental Mr. Van Sant for material like this. Mr. Van Sant culls genuine emotion from his actors, and this results in several affecting and powerful scenes. 
                                             Most of the narrative consists of intense one-on-one sessions between Will and Sean, two equally stubborn, equally wounded men. ``Good Will Hunting'' becomes a poignant, embracing drama of hurt, scared humanity learning to reach out. The outcome of the movie is fairly predictable; so is the whole story, really. But meeting expectations and following a familiar path aren't always bad things in a movie, provided the film accomplishes those goals with a infinite amount of style and an attention to detail. Good Will Hunting does both. 

                  This film wants us to believe that even in the heights and the depths of human experience, some redemptive decency can be found. Forget the fears of abandonment and mistrust of intimacy.


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Dark Knight said...

This was a really good movie. Both Matt Damon and Robin Williams delivered great performances.

Zach George said...

This, I think, is the best work of Gus Van Sant(including Milk). Thanks for writing a superb analysis.

Prasanna said...

Such an awesome movie. Robin Williams truly was magnificent. Especially the wife fart joke. :D

vinay said...

Loved it, the story was so fresh and alluring.
No doubt that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon got the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
And hats off to Robin Williams.

Funny Gypsy said...

This movie was intense, thoughtful, inspirational, had realistic characters (a very significant difference from the majority of Hollywood) and entertaining (even when I saw it for the first time when I was in middle-school I was engaged).
This movie deserves every accolade and praise it gets and thank you for giving it much-deserved attention and an excellent review!

ra said...

alright, added to my list of downloads .. i recently watched good fellas .. worth a watch .. do watch it if you get a chance