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“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” (Robin Williams) This is a quote from, in my opinion, one of the greatest movies ever written. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s movie Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant, is a movie I would recommend and insist everyone in the world must see because it’s a truly inspiring film that teaches you that if you have a special gift, you shouldn’t be ashamed of it or hide it, but rather acknowledge it and use it, not only to help yourself achieve greatness, but rather to help the world achieve greatness. Written in 1997 as a drama film on a $10 million budget, it grossed over $225 million in the United States. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. This movie was well-written already, but what made it stronger was including America’s beloved Robin Williams who plays a psychologist by the name of Dr. Sean Maguire. After Williams’ death in 2014 it was ranked at number 53 in The Hollywood Reporter's "100 Favorite Films" list.

The reason I would choose this movie for everyone in the world to see is just because of how life changing it is. This movie will inspire you and cause you to rethink your life. You might start questioning yourself; your self-worth, your desires, your achievements, where you currently stand on the long road we call life. Everyone in life just wants to be successful, they want to be happy, and they think that the key to success and happiness is money. The main character Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, teaches us that there is happiness within simplicity. The smallest things in life that we often overlook, turn out to be the most meaningful; the friends that we make, usually make the greatest impact on us. Twenty-year-old Will Hunting is a self-taught genius who lives in South Boston, works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and spends his free time drinking with his best friend Chuckie, played by Ben Affleck, and his other friends. From what it seems, Will lives a simple life and seems to be content with where he stands in life; he hangs out and works alongside his best friend, gets a few laughs in everyday, has built himself a strong character, and seems to be free of any stress. Will is a smart man, smart enough to see that knowledge means nothing if you are not happy, which is why he keeps his intelligence hidden because he does not want to be working in an office cubicle his entire life, being a tool to society. It is truly inspirational seeing the changes and struggles that Will undergoes throughout the movie; going from living a simple life to struggling to find love and leaving what is familiar to him to better himself. Will comes to these conclusions due to the people in his life, his best friend Chuckie, his love interest Skylar, and his mentor Dr. Sean Maguire.

The reason I chose this movie is because of the way it spoke to me. With everyone always telling me that college is the only way to succeed in life, it is very reassuring knowing that there is an alternate route, that you can “travel the road less taken” as Robert Frost stated. This movie has taught me to acknowledge and cherish the simplest things in life the most because it is the little things that make up the big things. I have come to cherish my friendships, my love life, my family, as well as each moment with all my attention and compassion because that is the true key to happiness. I am currently attending college and I know that it is just a step in my life to find out who I am, what I want, and what I will become. Good Will Hunting has taught me that life is too short not to take risks, that I need to put my talents to good use, that I need to cherish each moment in my life, and that I need to continue the “pursuit of happiness.” If you have not seen this movie I highly recommend that you not only watch it, but experience it.

 

 

 

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