The best scenes of this film are definitely the ones between Damon and Williams: it's where the writing shines brightest and features some of the best work either actor has ever done. But, the rest of the film is rather heavy-handed, particularly that relentless Elfman score. Plus, I'm not a fan of works that beautify class conditions and simplify psychological damage to avoid alienating the common audience.
I forgot how great this movie is. Definitely one of those overrated by the public so underrated by film circles kind of movies. Just a really solid script telling a human story with some great acting and direction. Glad I rewatched it.