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Robin Williams Double Feature part 1: Good Will Hunting

A quick “hello” to my readers, and apologies for not posting anything Wednesday or Thursday. I’ve had a hectic few days. Anyway, I’m back. On this wonderful Friday night (probably Saturday morning by the time this gets posted) I’ve chosen a late night double feature of Robin Williams movies I happen to have. The reviews will be posted separately, for easier tracking.

 

The first, Good Will Hunting, is the story of MIT janitor and reluctant genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon). An orphan from the Southie projects, Will had been squandering his gift for mathematics by drinking and getting into fights along with his loser buddies, Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck), Billy McBride (Cole Hauser) and Morgan O’Mally (Casey Affleck). Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd) discovers his hidden genius when Will solves a difficult math problem the Professor left for his students to attempt. Lambeau, a Fields medalist (the most prestigious award in mathematics), realizes how smart Will is, and puts him to work in the mathematics department solving problems he never could. Will came from an abusive childhood in a poor neighborhood (for my non-Bostonian readers, South Boston is the poorest and most dangerous part of the greater Boston area). Before he can pursue his future, he must understand that the past was not his fault, and be able to let go of it. With the help of the Professor, as well as his court-appointed therapist (Robin Williams), Will begins to battle his inner demons and realize his potential.

 

I found this film to be deeply moving. Damon played his part well, giving the character of Will Hunting plenty of emotional depth, not to mention a gorgeous body. I mean, seriously, the only thing that could make the then-27 year-old Damon better would be chocolate syrup dripped down his……..sorry folks, that one sort of got away from me. As a sidenote, I once saw a porn star that looked exactly like Matt Damon. Anyone looking for a treat should check out The Porne Ultimatum. I promise, you won’t regret it.

 

Anyway, Damon did a fantastic job showing us his character’s internal struggle to rid himself of his self-loathing that cripples his present and future. Even his friends recognize that he deserves more, and Ben Affleck’s character tries to give him the push he needs to better himself. I found myself empathizing with Will Hunting as he was torn between his comfortable (but unfulfilling) old life, and an uncertain future. Some of it mirrors what i’m dealing with right now, so I truly was moved by it.

 

Now that i’ve gotten all emotional (and a little turned on), stay tuned for part 2 of the double feature: Bicentennial Man!

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