Film Reviews, Short Review

Good Will Hunting (1997)

3/4

Yes, Good Will Hunting is sentimental, predictable and even preposterous at times. The plot seems beholden to an utterly unsurprising three-act structure straight out of “let’s make a story 101!” and let’s face it, neither Matt Damon or Ben Affleck have ever been anything more than limited actors. Yet somehow, director Gus Van Sant gets the best out of them, whilst adding smart, subtle camerawork that keeps the dramatic scenes visually engaging (something which the writing is too inconsistent to be capable of doing). Combined with the performances of the two veterans in the cast, Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgård, with some wonderful improvised moments from the former, and what you have is a good, solid drama that’s enjoyable and engaging, even if it is mired in obviousness.

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