Good Will Hunting
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Will Hunting 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, 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.
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★★★★★ review by Ryan Narc on Letterboxd
After hearing of the heartbreaking news involving Robin William's passing, I immediately decided that, by the end of the day, I would be watching either Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) or Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997) - two personal favorite roles from Williams, where his truly exceptional talent in giving brilliant, quite unforgettable dramatic performances really shine. I obviously went with the latter for tonight, and it's as powerful as ever now. I will be revisiting the former very soon.
Rest in peace, Mr. Williams.
★★★★½ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd
i avoided watching this movie for so long because of how cheesy all the posters look and you know what ?? it was a huge ball of cheese. BUT it was a REALLY GOOD ball of cheese. like a gourmet ball of gouda or muenster served on a stainless steel platter
★★★★½ review by Andy Summers on Letterboxd
If ever there was an example of a comedy great stretching themselves with a dramatic role, then Robin Williams's Oscar winning turn in Good Will Hunting fits the bill. There is no doubt that Williams deserved his award, this is a film with an intelligent script and an engrossing story that also showed the first inkling of the potential Matt Damon and Ben Affleck had as screenwriters. The story of a troubled genius carrying emotional trauma from his childhood into his adult life, Damon showed a surprisingly layered performance of quality. The interaction between Damon and Williams are the highlights of the film for me, honest, painful, and soul-searchingly authentic in the dynamic between a closed off patient and his therapist. Both Minnie Driver and Ben Affleck alongside Stellan Skarsgard all contribute to a film that never feels contrived despite the ending we all wished for. Director Gus Van Sant's most accessible film to date, this also remains Williams' finest hour in front of a camera.
★★★★★ review by Holly-Beth 👀 on Letterboxd
my boy's WICKED SMAHART
★★★★★ review by 👽hayley👽 on Letterboxd
robin williams literally only has to say "my wife" and i'll instantly start ugly crying
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