Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before

Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…

Good Will Hunting (1997)

And here we have yet another example of a film I really should have watched by now, but for one reason or another I just never got round to it. In fact, Good Will Hunting has been sat in my Netflix queue for a very long time – it just keeps getting bumped out of the way for other movies.

OK, I say “other movies”, but what I actually mean is “the same episodes of The Real Ghostbusters, over and over again”.

I am correcting this oversight. After today, Good Will Hunting will leave my Netflix queue having finally been watched.

So, what do I know about this movie?

I know that Good Will Hunting won a couple of Academy Awards – I believe one went to Robin Williams for his supporting role – and I am aware that Gus Van Sant directed the film. I’m aware that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the script, but I know nothing about the story, so I’m looking forward to finally finding out what Good Will Hunting is all about.

*Clicks the play button*

5mins – I’ve seen Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Stellan Skarsgård. Now bring me Robin Williams!

5mins 30secs – Ben Affleck looks so young in this movie.

6mins – Matt Damon is writing equations on a mirror. I’m guessing he’s some kind of genius – only no one knows. I like to think I’m a genius – only I don’t know it either.

12mins – A fight is taking place on a basketball court – and Matt Damon has gone crazy. This wouldn’t happen in Space Jam.

14mins – Matt Damon is a scientific genius, but has a right attitude on him! What an arsehole! Does this mean all arseholes are really clever? Jeez… I must know some super smart people.

20mins 30secs – Jeez, Minnie Driver looks young too! Everybody looks so young. *Remembers this movie was released 21 years ago* Oh yeah, everyone is really old now. Including me. Shit.

28mins – Matt Damon has been arrested and is now being told by Stellan Skarsgård he needs to meet with a therapist. No shit, Stellan. No shit.

32mins 30secs – Are all geniuses arseholes? Was Galileo an arsehole?

33mins – Robin Williams! 🙂

35mins – The great thing about Robin Williams was the way in which he could just jump from one character to the next. He was always seen as a comedic actor, but he really could play a full range.

37mins – As with Fargo (which I watched on Friday), it’s easy to see why this movie won critical praise upon release. It certainly puts things into perspective when I compare this to other films I’ve watched recently… *cough* Mr. Nanny *cough* …that were a bit shit. And I’m using the term ‘a bit shit’ very loosely.

39mins – It’s weird watching this, then picturing Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

40mins 30secs – Matt Damon has just suggested that Robin Williams might cut his own ear off. The line was pretty menacing. Yeah, now I can see him as Jason Bourne. I seriously hope he doesn’t stab Robin Williams with a ballpoint pen before putting him in a headlock.

46mins – Matt Damon and Minnie Driver smooch in a takeaway. There’s nothing sexier than stuffing a burger into your mouth to get you in the mood for love. Such a romantic.

55mins 45secs – Robin Williams and Matt Damon are talking about Matt Damon’s love life. He’s opted to leave out the part about the smooch in the takeaway. Well, you would, wouldn’t you?

1hr – Minnie Driver is giving Matt Damon the brush off. She says it’s temporary, but once again I can’t help but feel she’s not up for it based on his kissing/eating habits.

1hr 1min – Oh… she’s caved and agreed to go on a date with him. He’s taken her to the dog races. You sure know how to treat a lady, don’t ya, Matt?

1hr 6mins – Well, that trip to the dogs went well. Wink wink, nudge nudge. I’ll leave you to work out what’s going on now.

1hr 25mins – Not checked in for 20 minutes – sorry. Was watching the film. Sometimes I actually watch the films instead of bitching about them. Sometimes.

1hr 26mins – Minnie Driver tells Matt Damon that she loves him. And all it took was a snog in a takeaway and a trip to watch some greyhounds running around a track.

1hr 27mins – And Matt Damon responds by walking out on her and leaving her crying. Not cool, Matt Damon. Not cool.

1hr 34mins – Robin Williams is so calm and reserved in this movie. He’s also taking no crap from Matt Damon. I’d take no crap from Matt Damon too. Unless he was in full-on Jason Bourne mode, then I’d say nothing and quietly slip away.

1hr 41mins – Ben Affleck is onto such a good thing with this movie. He’s basically written himself a part where he just drinks and smokes throughout the whole picture. What a genius. Well, apart from the smoking part.

1hr 50mins – Robin Williams has just offered some sage advice. Reading between the lines, he’s basically confirmed that Matt Damon really buggered up the thing he had going with Minnie Driver.

1hr 50mins 15secs – Matt Damon is crying. It’s at this moment that the film becomes an Oscar contender.

1hr 55mins – There’s about 10 minutes left in this film and it’s safe to say this has been a good movie. Is it a film that I’d watch over and over again? Nope. But it’s still a good movie. Plus, Affleck is drinking AGAIN. Brilliant.

2hr 1min – I’m going to write a film where I just drink. And eat. It won’t be a particularly good film, but I will have the best role in the entire thing.

**Clicks stop**

Not much to say, other than FINALLY I’VE WATCHED GOOD WILL HUNTING, so you can all stop asking me if I’ve seen it. What do you mean, you’ve not been asking?

So, yeah, a good movie – which I kind of expected. Man I miss Robin Williams.

Seven down; 83 to go.

Read: Part #8

For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Pump Up the Volume (1990)Mr. Nanny (1993) Fargo (1996)Hudson Hawk(1991)So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).