Sneaking out past curfew, smoking pot behind the garage? Until recently, I hadn't watched this film for some time. One ends by feeling that this movie is not quite as egregious a folly as van Sant's literal remake of 'Psycho', but it's close enough for a small cigar. The audience remained seated until the credits and music had finished, and the lights came back on. You can feel the passion that Connery has for writing, and see the complexity of emotions as he wants to help the boy but gets pulled back by hidden problems. The end result, while hardly ground-breaking, is a pleasure to watch.
The Gus Van Sant directorial ticks all these boxes. Connery brilliantly underplayed Forrester, yielding a less dramatic but much more realistic portrayal of the writer. Could Jamal have achieved equally good grades in his original school? I suppose you could force out some idea about beating the system, but I don't think that was emphasized enough. So the stage is set for a final showdown, with creativity vindicated and criticism abashed. What more can a moviebuff ask for? An underprivileged youth is discovered by a reclusive genius and is shepherded to his full potential.
They just kind of threw in those elements sloppily, like afterthoughts. The script could have found another way for Forrester to change his mind about helping Jamal. The next day, the backpack is thrown out the window, and Jamal finds extensive comments in his private journals. I left the theatre utterly relieved and having made peace with the fact I someday would forget my ordeal. In both that movie and this one, a disadvantaged young man simply refuses to perform like a trained seal, because he knows that will be a lethal blow against his adult tormentors. Academy AwardÂ®-winner Sean Connery stars in this powerful and unforgettable drama from acclaimed director Gus Van Sant Good Will Hunting, To Die For.
Bookstores are becoming a rare thing and used bookstores even more so. A wonderful, mesmerising speech that will change the way everyone thinks. Some may accuse it of being formulaic, but I feel that there is just enough unexpected-ness in it to keep the audience interested. They are such close cousins that Van Sant felt compelled to bring in Matt Damon for a cameo. What made it much better for me though were the two genuinely engaging performances in the lead.
Most of Forrester's surly wisdom is cracker-barrel advice about being a writer-- forcing the stuff out of your psyche on to the page-- on the Dale Carnegie level. What do you seek when you buy a ticket, or more lately, stream a film? I am reposting it in his stead. A young ghetto kid with a talent for basketball and a bigger talent for writing meet in a rather peculiar fashion that I won't go into. Black ghetto kids are supposed to have talent in that direction. Don't waste your time on this one. How does the fact that both have lost family members provide an important connection for them? Murray Abraham , coincidentally an old enemy of Forrester's, who simply doesn't believe an African-American basketball player from the Bronx can write at Jamal's level.
The children's section is fairly small. It's a study of human nature and the levels of diversity of which our society is comprised, and Van Sant does it exceedingly well. Local teen Jamal accepts a dare to enter the man's apartment. Salinger coming out of his hideaway in New England on such a mission as Connery undertakes. Forrester then makes an appearance at the contest and tells the school that Jamal should not be suspended, for the story was written with Forrester's permission. This brings me to my next point.
This movie mimics that sequence of events more than it does Good Will Hunting. The shelves are jam packed with all sorts of genres. I have no farther comment! Jamal is not only a literary prodigy who can trump his sour Eng Lit teacher on every quote with the reflexes of a Wilt Chamberlain. . That makes his ability to turn out an abiding American classic a few years later even more miraculous, but still. It makes for a well-rounded, complete portrayal, as we see not only his iconoclastic leanings, but the very human and caring side of the man as well.
The movie stays away from any violence and sex. Far from being a junk shop it's very nicely organized and most of the books are shelved in one of three rooms depending on general topic. Neither of them can make this a wonderful film but they both do a lot of work to make it an enjoyable and engaging one. He has a gofer to bring him groceries and fresh socks, since he has become agoraphobic; he also has cancer, which might have got him out of the apartment, but no. For those who enjoy good dramatic performances and intriguing character studies, this film is not to be missed.