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.
The story of a emotionally broken genius is fascinating but the movie's true success lies in how the characters, and the moments between them, feel so real, natural, and authentic. The relationships and how they play out feel so truthful. Robin Williams' performance in particular is a knock out, filled with a beautiful mix of toughness and sensitivity. I like these apples a lot. A-.
This is not about mathematics. It is about child abuse. Alcoholic family background. Physical mistreatment. Sexual harassement. "Foster care". The full program. Over many years. The unbelievable sufferings of Will Hunting and the scarfs they left behind. The movie sensitively unfolds these awful matters; in a brilliant way. Great movie. Good acting.
- "Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you'll be serving my kids fries at a drive-through on our way to a skiing trip." -"Yeah, maybe. Yeah, but at least I won't be unoriginal." About the girl.. the way the movie make me call Will stupid made me laugh. About a girl... (':