Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting” is one of the best films ever made. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote one of the finest screenplays for the big screen. I have watched this movie countless times and never tire of it. The acting as well as the soundtrack which heavily features Elliott Smith makes for a very satisfying movie.
“Good Will Hunting” is about Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a young man who works as a janitor at Harvard University. Will has a high IQ and is discovered by a math teacher after he solves several problems that the teacher puts forth for his students on a chalkboard outside his classroom. However, Will has anger issues and is told to see a therapist in order to avoid jail time for an assault charge. Will tries to sort through his past and future with his therapist while also falling in love with a British student at Harvard.
The standout performances in this movie definitely go to Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Williams who is mostly known for his comedic roles takes on a dramatic role as Will’s therapist that shows not only the character’s depth but his own. Damon delivers one of his best performances of his career as a man who is afraid of getting too close to anyone or becoming the person that he knows he can be.