The actor and comedian Robin Williams died yesterday at the age of 63. He’d been battling depression, and took his own life. Williams was a one of a kind performer, recovering addict, and Episcopalian. In his stand up, he jokingly described being Episcopalian as, “Catholic-light.” May he rest in peace.
He helps Will find the courage to love.
We recommend his 1997 film, Goodwill Hunting. Williams won an Academy Award for his performance in the film, which stars Matt Damon as Will Hunting, a South Boston roughneck, and former foster kid, with genius level intelligence. Court ordered into therapy, Will meets and becomes friends with Sean McGuire (Robin Williams). When he enters therapy, Will is making self-destructive choices and unable to decide what he wants from life. Though he’s falling in love with his girlfriend Skyler (played by Minnie Driver), he’s terrified of making a commitment. He loves the boys he grew up with, but doesn’t know how to satisfy his restless and brilliant mind.
His therapist Sean, also from South Boston, becomes a friend and spiritual advisor. Their relationship is at the heart of the film. Though Goodwill Hunting never touches directly on religion, it touches on religious themes, like marriage and dying to self. Williams plays a character who loved his wife until her death from cancer. In the film, he helps Will find the courage to love, even though it will entail suffering and loss. Part comedy, part drama. The film is Rated R. Watch the trailer here: