Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers". She also complimented the production design and cinematography , which were able to effortlessly move the viewer from "classroom to dorm room to neighborhood bar", in a small setting. Quentin Curtis of The Daily Telegraph opined Williams' performance brought "sharpness and tenderness", calling the film a "crowd-pleaser, with bags of charm to spare.
It doesn't bear thinking too much about its message Damon and Affleck's writing has real wit and vigour, and some depth". He felt that the film's visual style showcased Van Sant's talent, but the plot was "quite predictable". Several scholars have examined the film as a portrayal of residual Catholic—Protestant tensions in Boston , as Irish Catholics from Southie are aligned against ostensibly Protestant characters who are affiliated with Harvard and MIT.
A soundtrack album for the film was released by Capitol Records on November 18, , though only two of Elfman's cues appear on the release. A limited edition soundtrack album featuring Elfman's complete score from the film was released by Music Box Records on March 3, The soundtrack, issued in copies, includes all of Elfman's cues including music not featured on the rare Miramax Academy promo and also contains the songs by Elliott Smith.
One of the tracks is Smith's songs with Elfman's arrangements added into the mix. In an early version of the script, Will Hunting was going to be a physics prodigy, but Nobel Laureate in Physics Sheldon Glashow at Harvard told Damon the subject should be math instead of physics.
In the spring of , Damon and Affleck asked Kleitman to "speak math to us" for writing realistic dialogue, so Kleitman invited postdoc Tom Bohman to join him giving them a "quick lecture". When asked for a problem that Will could solve, Kleitman and Bohman suggested the unsolved computer science P versus NP problem , but the movie used other problems.
Patrick O'Donnell, professor of physics at University of Toronto , served as mathematical consultant for the film production. The main hallway blackboard is used twice to reveal Will Hunting's talent, first to the audience, second to Professor Lambeau.
Matt Damon based it on his artist brother Kyle visiting MIT's Infinite Corridor and writing "an incredibly elaborate, totally fake, version of an equation" on a blackboard which lasted for months. Kyle returned to Matt saying MIT needed these blackboards "because these kids are so smart they just need to, you know, drop everything and solve problems! The first turning point in the plot occurs when Will sets aside his mop in a hallway and studies a difficult blackboard graph theory problem posed by Professor Lambeau.
Will chalks up the adjacency matrix. A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing Latest Trailers 'Radioactive' Trailer. Aftering landing behind bars, Will gets an unexpected get-out-of-jail-free-card from Professor Lambeau. Chuckie gives the bigwigs a run for their money on Will's behalf.
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