GOOD WILL HUNTING
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The story is set at Boston and it revolves around the greatly intellectual yet troubled young man Will Hunting (Matt Damon).Will is a great genius with a photographic memory and is well adroit at mathematics. But this is not all about Will. He is an orphan and he is quite irascible with mercuric temper.
The film starts with the MIT Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) announcing the students of a challenge, in which they are to solve a very difficult theorem put in a chalkboard, which he wishes someone would prove within the end of the semester.
Will who works as a janitor there, comes across it and solves it. When Lambeau finds out that the theorem has been rapidly proved, he inquires his students on who did it and is unable to find the man. Trying to find out who did it, he posts again another, more difficult problem. When he finds Will (who’s a janitor there) writing on the board, he chases him away. But, he is taken aback when he returns to find out the problem solved.
Lambeau decides to track down Will. But, Will has his own problems. He faces imprisonment after attacking a police officer who tried to stop an assault by Will. Realizing Will has enormous potential, Lambeau goes to Will's trial and intervenes on his behalf, offering Will a choice: either go to jail, or be released under Lambeau's personal supervision to study mathematics and see a therapist. While being formidable at maths, Will bullies all the therapists he sees, with contempt and sarcasm. Lambeau comes to know that Will is not sociable to anybody, except for his three friends, who Lambeau deems stupid.
Exasperated, Lambeau calls in his friend, Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) to help him out. As usual, Will bullies him and ends up nearly throttled by Sean for passing a comment on Sean’s wife. But, Sean is not a man to give up easily. On their next meeting, Sean tells Will that he does not see a confident man in him, but a cocky, scared kid. Sean also accuses Will that he can’t learn anything from Will, which he can’t read in some book and unless Will talks about himself, he is not interested. Soon they develop a good relationship. But, this relation is far from a Doctor-Patient relationship, where Sean helps Will to deal with his misanthropic behavior and encourages Will to pursue the girl Skylar(Minnie Driver),whom he met on a bar near MIT ,whereas Will helps Sean in recovering from the loss of his dear wife.
While all seems to be going well, a conflict arises between the seemingly friends Sean and Lambeau. While Lambeau is keen in directing Will’s life towards maths and achievement, Sean differs from it. Knowing that Will has no interest for maths or any research, Sean is keen in helping out Will to figure out his goals and to help Will recover from his personal demons. Meanwhile, Skylar is moving to California and asks Will to come along with her. Will, with his faulted defense of pushing away people, refuses and walks out.
When Will refuses to give an honest reply to Sean's query about what he wants to do with his life, Sean shows him the door. Will tells his best friend Chuckie (Ben Affleck) that he wants to be a laborer for the rest of his life. Chuckie becomes brutally honest with Will: he feels it's an insult for Will to waste his potential, and
That his greatest wish is to knock on Will's door one morning and find he isn't there. What happened to Will? Was Sean able to help him? Or was he forced into research works? Or did he just continue his life as a laborer? And more importantly, what happened to Skylar?
Though the story is predictable, it is the characters that would fascinate you. Every character is well built. Not to mention the witty and intelligent conversations, especially those between Will and Sean.
Matt Damon as will hunting does justice to his character. Whether it comes to solving equations or hitting the guy who harassed Will while he was a child or pondering with Sean on whether or not to get involved with Skylar or romancing with Skylar, he is marvelous. Minnie Driver as Skylar has done her part well too. The romantic scenes are entrancing. It’s quite intimate in a way. Ben Affleck knows how to play trusted friend cum well-wisher role well. But, the crowning performance does not go to any of them. Robin Williams scores home-run so easily. He is at ease all out the film and handles his character quite easily and adeptly. Be it the scene where he explains his wife’s imperfections to show Will that nobody is perfect and encourages him to take up a chance with Skylar or be it the scene where he explains the way he met his wife(my personal favorite) or the scene where he argues with the professor about Will’s future, the man is brilliant. Truth be told, from the very scene where he takes Will for a small talk to the lake, he engrosses you with the movie and captivates your full attention.
This movie is much concentrated on the how human brain acts weirdly sometimes. How it does not uses its natural potential yet strives for something else and more importantly, how peculiarly and complexly it responds to pain and responsibility.
While asked by Sean on what ‘Good Books’ are he says ‘Whatever blows your hair back’.Well, this movie does. It does more than that. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie at least once.