An addendum to previous post, Good Will Hunting II: It’s Hunting Season
Okay, I would be remiss not to praise the GWH2 moment wherein Mr. Ponytail intones the film’s somewhat obtuse before-and-after title. Really, is anyone in the film really hunting for “good will” — “an attitude of kindness or friendliness; benevolence”?
Will Hunting is actually surrounded by this sort of unobtrusive support; what he ultimately needs is “to meet his match” (according to the trailer) — the kind of challenges he receives from Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, and Math. I would argue he’s “It’s Not Your Fault” Hunting. But that is not the same as good will. Will needs tough love, not merriness and good will towards men. (Though I guess he claims to need no one but the dead academics he so relishes…)
The other understanding of the play on words is that Will is just plain Good, as in Good [at Math] Will Hunting. Good [at Burying it Deep Inside] Will Hunting. But that’s stupid, right? But I digress — the film’s title is a compelling discussion to come. Let’s just cut back to the punchline… “Applesauce, bitch.” (And who doesn’t like applesauce?)