Good Will Hunting: A Review Of Societies Exploitat Essay, Research Paper
Good will hunting Not often today does a movie survive at the box office without computer generated landscapes or dozens of special effects. Recently, a movie broke that barrier and set a few records of its own. Good Will Hunting not only survived, it prospered at the box office this season. Doing so well at the box office against such stiff competition as Titanic, As Good as it gets, and other blockbusters are also notable. It was nominated for remarkable twelve academy awards, including Best Picture of the Year. Good Will Hunting owes its success to the strength of its story line. There are three main divisions of the story line that are vital to the strength of the movie. They are as follows:1.) character development, 2.) believable plot, and 3.) Emotional effect. The development of characters is the strongest aspect of Good Will Hunting. Many characters by the end of the movie have changed drastically, usually due to one of the other characters. Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, is a whiz kid from South Boston who grew up an orphan, moving in and out of foster homes. The movie s progression takes place as Will changes as he tones down his life and opens up to his psychologist, Sean McGuire. The backbone of the movie is the friendship that grows between Will and this psychologist, played by Robin Williams. Each learn something about themselves that they didn t know existed until they learn it from each other. Will learns not to blame himself for his being orphaned, and Dr. McGuire learns that it is important for him to move on in life instead of constantly mourning the loss of his wife. By the end of the movie, Will, a 21-year-old, and Sean, a man over 50, have each grown up because of each other. A plot that is believable is very important to moviegoers. Even if a movie is science fiction reality must be incorporated to make the story interesting, as in Independence Day. But in Good Will Hunting the realistic view of a group of four early twenties friends from Boston makes a story about achild genius seems a lot more like the real thing than Doogie Howser does. Will s friends are his true friends, and from the beginning of the movie the bond between the four is illustrated quite clearly. The turning point of the movie is when his best friend Chuckie tells Will he doesn t want him around any more. Chuckie, played by Ben Affleck, who is also Matt Damon s real life best friend, tells Will that every day he wishes he would not see him in the morning because he knows Will is wasting something that no one else has. This portrayal of a friend having to give up something he loves adds to the believability of the script. The writers of Good Will Hunting did a wonderful job of making the plot believable and making the characters very realistic. The writers of Good Will Hunting are Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the same two actors that play best friends in the movie. The two wrote the script while in college together, which might be the reason the realism of the friendships is so genuine. A major aspect of Good Will Hunting s success is its emotional effect. There are many scenes in the movie that can bring tears to anyone s eyes. During one such scene Will tells Dr. McGuire his problem is he married the wrong woman, at which point the kind doctor slams Will against the wall, telling him to never disgrace his deceased wife again. The majority of people today want to see scenes like these that bring strength to each character and make people realize their weaknesses. Will s involvement with his Harvard-student girlfriend Skylar also makes for many memorable moments that add strength to the film s plot. During one of the most emotional scenes in the movie, Skylar tells Will if he can look her in the eyes and tell her he doesn t love her then she will leave him alone forever. Will tells her straight out he doesn t love her. Good Will Hunting s use of emotional characters and heart felt meetings between them makes for a satisfying story that is also easy to follow.
Though I believe Good Will Hunting is one of the best movies ever made by my previously defined standards, there is one aspect of the movie that many disagree with. There is an excessive amount of vulgarity, which, though to many is offensive, I believe adds more realism of the story. Did I say excessive? I meant every ten words or so. Still, take into account the use of this language is somewhat typical of Irish kids of that age from Boston. Good Will Hunting is one of the best movies of the season and can arguably be ranked with the bests of all time. Against many odds it succeeded and left its mark in box office history. Almost every part of the movie goes against the grain. One, the script was written by two college buddies, two, those two writers are the stars of the movie, and three, the most serious role in the movie is played by a traditionally comic actor, Robin Williams. However I find the fact that this movie also involves the way society helps troubled teenagers most important although Will and his friends are very similar he is the only one that was helped by anybody only because he had a gift is this the way society is to function? Only helping those who are troubled if they have something to offer back?If will was a nobody he would have lived his life in a bar and cleaning floors in a life very similar to his friends but because he was different he got job offers from many big corporations. These people didn t recognize the fact that just because he was smarter then most didn t mean that he would play by their rules, or that he was any different from his friends. This is portrayed several times through out the movie as he is pushed into interviews for jobs and therapy. In one scene Will sends his friend Chuckie in yet Chuckie acts very much like what will would do because Will doesn t want to become a tool of some corporation. Another interesting point is the fact that despite Wills questionable records when it comes to the law all he needs is a little therapy and its like it never happened. In short this story is about a bright kid who got to take advantage of a system that wants to take advantage of him.
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