Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting; drama, USA, 1997; D: Gus Van Sant, S: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser, Rachel Majorowski
Boston. Bad Will Hunting is a young lad who constantly fights, drinks and steals, but even though he doesn't have parents he is incredibly intelligent which enables him to solve complicated tasks from chemistry and biology. Since her works as a janitor at the MIT, he one day solves a complicated formula and gains the attention of the professor Lambeau who believes he is a genius. He sends him to psychiatrist Sean hoping he will find discipline and inner peace. Will finds a girlfriend, Skylar, but she goes to study in California while his friend Chuck goes instead of him for a job interview. Will leaves to reunite with Skylar.
Good "Good Will Hunting" won numerous prizes, among them the Golden Globe for best screenplay and two Oscars for best screenplay and supporting actor Robin Williams, and was nominated for various other categories, including best picture, director and music. Some of those Oscar nods definitely are granted since the movie is slightly overrated, but it's still a touching, interesting and honest story about a seemingly average juvenile delinquent who actually hides his real genius and his talented side to blend in with his friends. Matt Damon is great in the leading role and his script offers sometimes clever and very thought out observations, among the best ones are the slightly comical scenes where Will interacts with psychologist Sean during his session: in one of them, Will angers him, and Sean grabs him by the throat and warns him, upon which the young lad says: "Time's up". In another scene they talk about Sean's dead wife: "You ever think about getting remarried?" asks Will. "My wife's dead." - "Hence the word: remarried." - "She's dead". In one of the more somber scenes, Sean says to the hermetic Will: "I can't learn anything from you, I can't read in some book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are." Truly occasionally strong dialogues, but still a mild and overlong film, without more imagination and with irritating scenes of Will's dimwitted friends in the bar.