Good Will Hunting (1997) Film Review

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Here’s a fun game: Take a shot every time someone says f*** in Good Will Hunting. You’ll either be violently sick or possibly dead by the end of the movie. Though you’ll probably be too compelled by the film to actually play anyway.

The film is more or less a character study of Will Hunting, a genius who would much prefer to hang out drinking with his friends than using his brain to it’s full potential. After getting sent to jail, he’s offered an early release by someone who discovered his genius on two conditions: He does some complicated equations, and that he takes part in therapy sessions. He agrees, and the rest of the movie sees him taking part in the therapy sessions with Robin Williams, fall in love and choose what he really wants from life, a successful career or to just enjoy himself.

The film has a very realistic tone to it, almost if it could happen in any time at any place… and that’s the movies biggest strength. It’s how real it feels that keeps it so compelling all the way through. The script is written in a believable way (though the characters do swear like sailors) they make Will a very relatable character in the way that they’re times that you don’t like what he does, but still get where he’s coming from. And the acting from pretty much everyone is so good that you never see the actor, just the characters, who feel like real people.

There’s some films that I know I enjoyed, but I don’t really know why. This is one of those cases, but I guess it was at how realistic and unpredictable the film was that kept me so enthralled. So maybe the reason wasn’t quite so clear as to why I really liked it at first, but from when the movie ended, I knew I really, really liked it.

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