Pupil Contributions, Clifton College

Pupil Contributions, Clifton College

Rebecca Butchart: 17/12/2016

My favourite film, the one that I can watch in whatever mood, has got to be ‘Good Will Hunting’.  For those people that haven’t watched this masterpiece, it is about a boy called Will Hunting who is a janitor working at M.I.T University. He has a phenomenal gift for mathematics, yet he spends his days in bars and batting cages with his best friends. When he is nearly sent to jail, a professor at MIT decides to bail him out  so that he can work with him at maths.

Will Hunting is played by Matt Damon, who has also been in; ‘The Bourne’ trilogy and ‘Saving Private Ryan’. The psychologist, Sean Maguire, is played by the late Robin Williams, who is known for the voice of the genie in ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Dead Poets Society’. It also has other famous celebrities such as Ben Affleck (Suicide Squad) and Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia).

Will Hunting is a genius, who’s living a rough life in South Boston, while being employed at a prestigious college in Boston. He is then discovered by a Fields Medal winning Professor who eventually tries to get Will to turn his life around with the help from an old friend and psychologist called Sean Maguire. After many meetings, Will begins to open up to Sean about his life and his family problems - they sort of develop a friendship. Sean, who has his own problems, through having Will there, also starts to share his own problems. Little do they know that they will change both their lives - for the better.

One of the reason I love this film, is because no matter what mood I’m in, that film makes me feel better. The overall reason for why I love this film is because of the ending -  every time I watch it, it  makes me smile, because I seem to see another angle.

My favourite quote in the whole film is; ‘How do you like dem apples’ which out of context sounds weird! Basically, Will is in a situation where Will outsmarts another guy for a girl.

I highly recommend this film to pretty much everyone - just because it’s a romantic film, doesn’t mean that boys shouldn’t watch it because the romantic part is just a part of an excellent film.