Sunday, 18 December 2005

Good Will Hunting (1997) - ickleReview (TV)

Gus Van Sant movie written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Damon plays Will Hunting, an orphan from Southey who mops the floors at MIT (rather badly, I might add - I would have got a bollocking at McDo's if I'd failed to squeeze out the water like that). One day he solves a Maths problem that Prof. Lambeau (Stellan SkarsgÄrd) has set his class. Lambeau bails the kid out when he gets busted for beating up a guy who bullied him at Kindergarten. One of the conditions is that he goes to therapy: cue Robin Williams as Sean Maguire, the shrink whose wife died of cancer two years ago and he's still grieving.

Will is precociously smart. He meets an English girl at Harvard called Skylar (Minnie Driver). But could she be The One.

That's a bit unfair. Boiled down like this is sounds like a Schmollywood schmuckbucket Oscar-cooking gumbo boat. And there is the Miramax moment wedged in there for Williams, but he delivers the speech beautifully. It's good stuff. It knows what puppet it's holding and how to pull the strings, and there's no shame in being tied to the other end of that. Quality.

Nugget: job done.

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