I have always heard about the hype of the movie Good Will Hunting, but never have I had the privilege of being able to watch it. I felt that this movie would be perfect to discuss the overall theme and message that it is trying to tell us. This film was released October 1st, 1998 directed by Gus Van Sant, starring Matt Damon as Will Hunting, Ben Affleck as his best friend Chuckie Sullivan and Robin Williams as Sean McGuire. Will Hunting is a mathematical prodigy who does not utilize his skills and works as a janitor at Boston’s prestigious MIT. Once discovered of his secret talents by Professor Lambeau, Will’s life goes into a whirlpool of changes that he never anticipated coming. Throughout the movie, I felt that the underlying theme was conquering ones fears, Will’s to be exact.
Growing up as an orphaned and abused child has set the tone to Will’s life. He has spent his entire life in south Boston with the same group of friends spending all their time drinking and bashing each other. This is the life that Will is comfortable with and it is all that he knows, so when being discovered as a mathematical genius it creates a fear of change for him. As a young 20 year old, he has been working as a janitor at MIT, which was a job given to him by his parole officer. He has spent most of his life in and out of juvenile hall and jail for multiple counts of assault, assault on an officer and grand theft auto. The way that he lives his life is due to the horrific childhood he endured as being neglected and beaten as well as the feeling of unwanted. The only things Will worries about in life are his best friends, his job and trying to keep out of trouble. While working, Will comes across a mathematical equation written on a chalkboard in the hallway that was meant for a student to complete.
When Professor Lambeau discovers that Will was the culprit of solving the equation, he decides to take Will under his wing as an assistant, as well as getting him...