"Good Will Hunting" (1997)
Directed By: Gus Van Sant
Written By: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
Released: December 5th, 1997
Runtime: 126 minutes
Studio: Miramax Films
Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).
I absolutely loved this film.
It’s such a touching story with very well rounded characters. While it would be wrong to say there was any great story arc as such, there are little moments, and lots of little things that make up one big thing. Much like life. It’s only when you look back you realise how far you’ve come. In this case, how far the characters have come, at least in their perspective towards their lives. It’s such a feel-good experience.
Matt Daman and Robin Williams are both fantastic. The dialogue is poignant and concise.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…practically everything you want in a movie is here.