This Thursday we’re looking at the wonderful minds of certain individuals. I like this theme because its subjective; there’s a difference between artistic genius and academic genius so it’ll be interesting to see everyone’s picks. My first two picks are Academy Award winners and the final one, a childhood favourite. So without further ado, here are my Thursday Movie Picks.
Good Will Hunting. (1997)
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams. Three giants in the industry, one who is sadly with us no longer. You probably know the film; a self-taught math genius (Damon) begins solving mathematical problems at the university he’s a janitor at. When the professor discovers its him, he offers to teach him more providing he undergos sessions with a psychologist. This is where he meets Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) who refuses to put up with Will’s shit, but won’t give up on him. Despite being a film about a genius, it’s really about relationships. Will’s inner demons plague him throughout the film, as do Sean’s. It really is a beautiful film and deserves every single bit of praise it gets.
The Theory of Everything. (2014)
The film that sky rocketed Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne to their hug star status. (I know Redmayne was in Les Mis, but this film really put him in the spotlight). Theory of Everything chronicles the life of one of the greatest minds in history: Steven Hawkins. It really was fascinating. For all my life, I’ve always known him to be bound to a wheel chair and relying on his mechanical voice. However, seeing this film put him in a whole new light: his family life, his wife’s struggles with being a mother and a carer to her husband. Some parts were extremely tough to watch, but all in all was a spectacular and hearty film.
I know it’s a book, a very good one at that. But the Roal Dahl book and the Danny DeVito film are MUCH different. The film stars Mara Wilson as the eponymous hero who is so smart, that her brain gives her telekinetic powers to deal with all its unused energy. Matilda’s family doesn’t appreciate her, neither does her child hating head teacher. However, he school teacher, Miss Honey sees how special Matilda is and the two work together to overthrow the evil head mistress Ms Trunchbull; who is Miss Honey’s aunt and lives in Honey’s house. I watched this film a hundred times as a kid; the pancake making scene changed my life and the soundtrack is great. It really is a feel-good, upbeat film that is hard not to love.
That’s it for my picks. Let me know what your picks were, hope you enjoyed reading!