Intro to Film
Good Will Hunting
Robin William’s character in “Good Will Hunting” helps exploit the intelligence within Matt Damon’s character and helps the young man escape his adolescence through accepting his past. Matt Damon plays his part differently throughout the film to show us how his character is maturing and dealing with the new perception on life he is being opened up to. How the film is shot and the type of character he plays in different environments helps accentuate Matt Damon’s character. Matt Damon puts together a character that displays a young man with a very high I.Q and great potential with his intelligence.
Matt Damon’s character builds a relationship with his psychologist that changes him from a boy into a man. In the beginning of this relationship they test each other and press on one another’s buttons to get a feel for the type of person they are. The camera goes back and forth to each of them expressing how they are each trying to impose dominance. The best example of this is when they go through an entire session of complete silence. Matt Damon does a good job of displaying how disengaged his character is while his psychologist tries to crack him or find out the type of guidance he needs. He does this by slouching and adjusting his attention off of himself onto other things such as the painting or his cigarette. The cigarette is a symbol of escape for Matt Damon’s character or a crutch to escape reality in a sense. The Character Matt Damon plays is individualized again and again in the film, especially in the scene where Matt Damon’s character’s group of friends gets into a fight. Most of the scene is played in slow motion, but when the camera is fixed on Will (Matt Damon) it is speed up into real time. This shows the significance of violence in his life and how this has more of an effect on his character.
Matt Damon plays the character differently depending on his setting/environment in the film. In most...
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