Scarlett Russell (Sunday Times Style and Secrets of the Side Hustle podcast) and Anna Smith (Girls on Film, Metro and Time Out) return to Flixwatcher to review Scarlett’s choice Good Will Hunting.
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 film written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and directed by Gus Van Sant. Damon plays Will, a genius with issues who works as a janitor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who solves impossible mathematical puzzles for fun. When he’s not doing that, he spends his time drinking and fighting with Affleck’s Chuckie.

When Will solves a particularly difficult mathematical puzzle and is found out he is given an opportunity to turn his life around with the support of Robin Williams’ Sean, a psychology teacher. Minnie Driver makes his life more complicated and gives a refreshing performance as Will’s love interest Skylar.

It would be a shame for this film to be remembered for its association with Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax, rather than the brilliant and nuanced (and Oscar winning) performance from Robin Williams or that Damon wrote this when he was 20. While it is debatable as to whether this has aged well it definitely shows how much things in Hollywood in a short period of time, it is universally agreed that the loss of Robin Williams is felt by everyone.

Scores

Despite the mixed reactions for Good Will Hunting, it still scored well. Flixwatcher scored it generously for recommendability and there some high scores for small screen. Good Will Hunting scores 4.3 (exactly!)

What do you guys think? Have you seen Good Will Hunting? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

Episode #136 Crew Links

Thanks to the Episode #136 Crew of  Anna Smith @annasmithjourno from Girls on Film,  Metro and Time Out and Scarlett @ScarRoseRussell  from Sunday Times Style and Secrets of the Side Hustle Find their websites online at:  http://annasmithjourno.com/ and https://play.acast.com/s/secretsofthesidehustle Please make sure you give them some love

More about Good Will Hunting

For more info on Good Will Hunting, you can visit  Good Will Hunting IMDb page here or  Good Will Hunting Rotten Tomatoes page here.

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Marriage Story

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together.

Added to UK Netflix: 6th December 2019

Hail Satan?

Meet The Satanic Temple, a provocative group whose crusade for religious freedom includes challenging corruption and having a devilish sense of humor.

Added to UK Netflix: 7th December 2019

Gloria Bell

A fun-loving divorce lives life to its fullest, working in insurance by day and dancing in LA clubs at night. Then a new man appears on the scene.

Added to UK Netflix: 6th December 2019

Inferno

On the run and suffering from memory loss, a Harvard symbologist must decipher clues to stop a plague designed to decimate the planet’s population.

Added to UK Netflix: 6th December 2019

V Wars

A fast-spreading disease that turns victims into blood-sucking fiends pits two best friends against each other in a fight for humanity’s future.

 

Added to UK Netflix: 5th December 2019

Films Leaving Netflix

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Rex

Injured by an explosive device in Iraq, a Marine corporal fights to be reunited with the bomb-sniffing German shepherd that saved her life in combat.

Leaving: 12th Dec 2019

 

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