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Issue: 2011

Good Will Hunting (1997) movie review

Good Friends Found


This award-winning film is built on a well-crafted script by the two young actors who lead the cast.

Matt Damon is the troubled genius, Ben Affleck his best friend, and together they live a working-man's life in the inner city: hard physical labour, hard physical playing, aimless and without ambition.

But Will Hunting is brilliant, and he seeks to attract and destroy at the same time. He travels across town to work as a labourer in the halls of learning, but he knows his understanding is above theirs.

Minnie Driver as his love interest is bold and challenging, and Robin Williams, as his last-chance therapist is outrageous and demanding and broken.

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Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.

Good Will Hunting stands out against the glossy, high-action, statistically-analysed movies that corporate movie companies are so fond of today. Yes, light fun films can be enjoyable, but films such as this that look at human nature and human choices and human nobility are necessary. That such a film comes from the minds of two young actors gives one hope for the future of the film-making industry.

Definitely a film worth seeing and considering. I hope that Damon and Affleck have another such film in them.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1997
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See also: Minnie Driver in Hard Rain
Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls
Robin Williams also appears in Flubber and Patch Adams;

Just the facts:

Title: Good Will Hunting (1997)
Written by: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
Directed by: Gus Van Sant Jr.
The Players: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Casey Affleck
Official website: miramax
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