Vega, O. Week 1 Blog Good Will Hunting


[1. Select a full-length film and identify the title, writer, director, major actors, and the year it was released.]

Title: Good Will Hunting

Writer: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Director: Gus Van Sant

Cast: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver

Year: 1997

[2. Summarize the story and plot of your chosen movie.]

Story: Good Will Hunting is a story about a young man with unparalleled intelligence. While his troubled and rough upbringing keeps him loyal to a  tight nit group of friends, after an altercation with someone from his past, he begins to be challenged like never before. On his path to self awareness, he is confronted by people try to help him see his gift for greatness, work through his troubled past and allow himself to be vulnerable.

Plot: The movie begins with Will, played by Matt Damon, doing what he does everyday, spending time with his friends. Will, being the brilliant minded individual that he is, has a job at M.I.T. as a janitor. He on day sees a formula posted outside of Prof. Gerald Lameau’s,played by Stellan Skarsgard, classroom and has the urge to solve it. The next day at work, after everyone has left he quickly does just that.

He is then sought after when Prof. Lambeau figures out it was him that solved the formula. Due, to a recent altercation that Will and his friends had with a grade school bully, Prof. Lambeau got will out of jail in order to work with him. One of the stipulations of his release is that he must see a therapist. The only one that was able to get through to Will was Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams.

While in his first few meeting with Sean, Will showed no desire to share anything with Sean unti

Sean then works with Will to try and break down the barriers that Will has had up for years and try to get him to understand that life isn’t as black and white as he thinks. The one thing that is standing in the way of Sean doing what he thinks is right by Will is Prof. Lambeau. Prof. Lambeau is pushing for Will to get into the world that he thinks he is ready for, but Sean thinks that if pushed at this point he may react negatively.

In the meantime, with everything that he is going through with Sean and Prof. Lambeau, he meets a girl, Skylar, played by Minnie Driver. She is someone that he meet on a night out with his friends at a local Harvard bar, after sticking up for his friend Chuckie, played my Ben Affleck. She is unlike any other girl he has conversed with, which has him at ends about pursuing her.

As the movie goes on, Will ends up almost right back where he started, with just him and his three best friends. After a talk with Chuckie about what his possible future has in store for him he decides to take a leap and go “see about a girl”, (Matt Damon).

[3. Discuss whether your film is presented chronologically or non-linearly.]

Chronologically: The film is told in a manner so that you see the steps Will had to take in order to find himself. For this particular story I think it works best in chronological order mainly because the story being told has a cut and dry start and finish. The only non-linear part of this movie was the information that came to light about his past. Although the information came at parts that would best represent the situations and the specific part of the movie.

[4. If the film had followed a different presentation style, how would the general effect on the audience have been different?]

If this movie was done completely non-linearly it would have had a completely different feel. The movie itself has a indie feel to it, and I think that a lot of that has to do with the way that the story was told.


Good Will Hunting Official Trailer [Video File]. Retrieved from


Internet Movie Database [General Movie Information]. Retrieved from




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