Here’s our take on why Good Will Hunting made it to our KetchupCut list while discussing two of his most powerful scenes.
It’s not always that you come across good movies that make you feel warm inside. Movies that have an impact with their smallest, tiniest moments and instances that stick with us forever. In this ocean of entertaining movies to watch, we all have a special place for light-hearted and emotional movies. No matter what time of the year it is, these feel-good movies always make our day. And on today’s #KetchupCut we will be talking about two beautiful scenes from the movie Good Will Hunting.
The story is the perfect refreshment you all need between all the crime thrillers and drama that you have been binge-watching. The movie will help you reflect on yourself and talk to you about what should actually matter in your lives. The scenes in talks today are an embodiment of the whole gist of the movie, and it is what makes us fall in love with cinema over again.
About the movie:
Director – Gus Van Sant
Cast – Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, and Stellan Skarsgård
Writer – Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Good Will Hunting is a movie that talks about a young 20-year-old genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon) who happens to work as a janitor in a college but is far more than that. His intelligence is discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård) who is on the lookout for his protégé to finish his work. The boy is then introduced to a therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) who helps him open up and deal with the good things that are coming his way.
The first scene from the movie that deserves all the love is that when Chuckie (Ben Affleck) has a chat with Will at the construction site. We have seen Chuckie being the best friend to Will throughout the movie proving to us what kind of friend we all need in our lives. While he appears as lame, the guy who wants to make it big but life happened, the guy who takes care of his group and who is nothing less than a brother to Will. He is hardworking but most importantly he is loving. A true epitome of childhood friendship turned into a brotherhood, Chuckie fills our hearts with compassion and love. The fact that they don’t even say hello in the morning while he silently hands him his coffee on their way to work, just states how long they have been together.
The movie was and is focused on Will and so we might not have taken or cared to consider Chuckie, but soon after he delivers this speech, we are left giving this character a piece of our heart. He instantly becomes our favourite. Will is genius and ‘wicked smart’ (and we know that when he randomly solves an equation somewhere that is not a book) but his life experiences always made him want to show less of what he can actually do. He is scared to admit it to anybody and too smart to think things don’t matter. Everyone around him is proud of who he is except himself and this scene was the wake-up call Will needed, and he didn’t even know that. Despite all the time that they have spent together, Will still turns out to be separate from the group mainly because of his photogenic memory. And that is what makes his friends feel proud of him. For him being better than all of them. Chuckie has always been aware of how Will tries to dodge away from the good things that come his way, and he finally busts out and let him what could be if decided to take up the strength. The scene hits you right and leaves you with a happy aching of how amazing a friend he is.
The other scene is the one where Will meets Dr. Sean for the first time. Will is tired of visiting various therapists and doctors who try to get to his mind. He thinks that he is better than them and is always prepared before visiting them. He reads their books, questions them, and leaves them embarrassed about something. His meet with Sean, however, changes everything. He starts seeing things differently and a small ray of hope enters his life.
Sean seems different, he knows what he is doing. He is someone who one would describe as the one who looks at life differently. For him helping Will is not just another job, it is his way of being able to help somebody. Will finds it irritating that he is one who seems to be listening to him and agreeing to his suggestions. He was startled at first and scans the whole room to find something that will set the Dr off. And then he points at the painting. While the painting doesn’t have to do with how Sean reacts Will tries to use his wife instead. He finally finds something that triggers Sean. This whole scene shows us Will side of not wanting to be told what to do and Sean’s side of how compassionate and deeply in love he is with his wife.
Special mention to this beautiful scene,
The movie was actually a class assignment and was written by Matt Damon for a playwriting class at Harvard
To see if the studios were actually reading the script Matt Damon And Ben Affleck wrote an out-of-place sex scene between Will Hunting and Sean Maguire
The iconic ‘Son Of A Bitch, He Stole My Line’ at the end of Good Will Hunting was ad-libbed by Robin Williams
It was not only Robin, but Casey Affleck too who ad-libbed most of his lines in the movie that was accepted as being funnier than the original script
The famous park bench from the movie is now a memorial for Robin Williams
Awards and Recognition:
- 70th Academy Awards
Won: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Robin Williams
Won: Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
Nominated: Academy Award for Best Picture – Lawrence Bender (producer)
- Nominated: Academy Award for Best: Director – Gus Van Sant, Nominated: Academy Award for Best Actor – Matt Damon, Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress – Minnie Driver, Nominated: Academy Award for Best Film Editing – Pietro Scalia, Nominated: Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score – Danny Elfman, Nominated: Academy Award for Best Original Song – “Miss Misery” (music and lyrics by Elliott Smith)
- 55th Golden Globe Awards: Won: Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – Ben Affleck & Matt Damon, Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama – Matt Damon, Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Robin Williams
- 4th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Won: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – Robin Williams, Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role – Matt Damon, Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Minnie Driver
- Other Major Awards / Nominations
Won: Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement, Berlin International Film Festival – Matt Damon, Won: Humanitas Prize for Feature Film – Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, Nominated: Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures – Gus Van Sant, Nominated: Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen – Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
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