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Good Will Hunting

Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them. 

Year: 1997 
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Gus Van Sant 
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck  
An image from Good Will Hunting

Critically acclaimed, Good Will Hunting is a timeless classic about a young maths prodigy with no direction. Starring Robin Williams in what is arguably one of his best roles as a psychologist, he bounces off the exuberant Matt Damon as the titular Will Hunting. What follows is a beautiful film following the push and pull on Will Hunting by those around him and the one person he can truly relate to. This films acts as a testament to the late, great Robin Williams.

Harry Austin

Everything about the premise says ‘derivative, formulaic, predictable.’ But to the credit of screenwriters and stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, as well as director Gus Van Sant, the film rises above its apparent limitations to become a first class film with a great cast and wonderful script.

Will Hunting (Damon) is a brilliant but tormented young man. Clearly a mathematical genius, he also has a criminal record longer than the formulas on the MIT chalkboards that he cracks open like stale walnuts. After his latest violent encounter, he is saved from doing serious time by MIT Math Professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgaard) who recognises the lad’s brilliance and bails him out on two conditions: Will must attend math tutorials with Lambeau and undergo therapy.

Amidst all this, Mr. Hunting manages to attract the attention of a bright and beautiful Harvard undergrad (Driver). At this point Good Will Hunting could easily have become predictable: tough, demanding professor lights a spark in the belligerent youth - beautiful girl shows him how to love and be loved - therapist unravels all the tangled threads of his torment. Fortunately, the movie is saved from most of these predictable fates.

Good Will Hunting takes a different tack and the movie is much better for it. The dialogue consistently brings each character to life. It is a confident film with great performances and an authentic look, sound and feel.

Dom Mellor

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Screenings of this film:

1997/1998 Summer Term (35mm)
1997/1998 Summer Term (35mm)
1998/1999 Spring Term (35mm)
1998/1999 Spring Term (35mm)
1998/1999 Spring Term (35mm)
1998/1999 Spring Term (35mm)
1999/2000 Spring Term (35mm)
2014/2015 Spring Term (digital)
2018/2019 Summer Term (35mm)