Friday, November 14, 2008

7th Art: Good Will Hunting (1997)

Finally found time to watch "Good Will Hunting" directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. I expected a lot from this movie, based on good reviews and recommendations by friends that watched it back in 1997.

Well... the movie is watchable, and had the potential to be great, but it's pretentious, unbelievable and even boring, especially when the dialogues try to be political and end up sounding like ivory tower paranoid drivel.

Matt Damon has done a great job in the "Bourne" movies, but here he appears to be over-coached. His depiction of raw genius is not convincing: I couldn't see passion in his handling of knowledge. Great minds, no matter how eccentric and marginal, cannot exist without the fire that props up the search for understanding.

The bar scene below is supposed to be one of the greatest in the movie. For me however it's a perfect example of the problems that I described above.

No comments: