So I feel a little guilty using Molly's favourite movie as a blog post, but I rewatched it last night and it struck me that it introduces its main character almost perfectly.
I love that the first time we see Will Hunting, he's running into a fight, and unlike his friends, does not know when to stop fighting and to run, and the next time we see him, he's eviscerating a pompous Harvard student with his knowledge of economics.
It's a complete contrast, but works perfectly because Will is so smug about what he knows, but so rough in the way he holds himself, the way he dresses and so obviously in pain underneath the surface. And the movie takes the time to show us all sides of him, so when he does solve the unsolveable equation, we are not surprised.
It goes against a pretty solid rule which is show us character during the progression of the story, but this movie is basically the progression of a character, so they can do this and because he's so unique and so interesting.
I love the way the movie unfolds, but that beginning is so engrossing. He could be an unlikeable character except for his love for his friends and Matt Damon's clear likeability.
Now I'm trying to figure out, should I go see Savages soon? It does have Taylor Kitsch, and it does look pretty interesting, but reviews are mixed...