Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Good Will Hunting

Gus Van Sant, 1997 (9.0*)
Superb acting and an Oscar-winning screenplay by co-stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who wrote the screenplay to get parts for themselves as actors, and they end up with an Oscar apiece for writing – now that’s Hollywood! Damon plays a janitor at MIT who solves a difficult math problem left on a hallway blackboard just because he can.

When discovered, the professors get psychologist Robin Williams, in an Oscar winning supporting role, to attempt to pull Damon out of his shell and use his potential. Minnie Driver is excellent as the romantic interest, receiving an Oscar nomination, as did Damon for Best Actor). Affleck is funny in a supporting role. Director Gus van Sant (Drugstore Cowboys, My Own Private Idaho) has made a small masterpiece, and his most appealing film. Two Oscars (would've been more in any non-Titanic year)


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