Most of the movies discussed will be theatrical throwbacks. Movies I have seen more than once or twice and have left a lasting impression.
Good Will: Keep a little for yourself
Tough financial times hang over many of us like a dark cloud in a dreary sky. Many of you are wondering how you’re going to pay your bills and put gas in your car and here I come with this blog suggesting you go see movies. Movies that cost money I might add.
When you finish rolling your eyes or flipping me off consider this. I have dedicated the first five blogs with the money-conscious reader in mind. These movies will have a main character with very little money who still manages to survive and, in most cases, thrive. Secondly, most of the movies I’ll discuss will be available on Netflix, at Wal-Mart for $5 or less, and in some cases your local library. Fair enough? Good. Without further delay I give you transforming movie number 1: Good Will Hunting*.
In this very cool demonstration of “never judge a book by its cover”, we see a young Will Hunting (Matt Damon) with an amazing gift for mathematics. He seems to take it for granted until he meets a psychologist (Robin Williams) and the love of his life (Minnie Driver) who, finally, help him put his life in perspective. If you’ve seen Good Will Hunting and this is your take away you’re only half right. There is an even bigger message in this movie for your destiny.
You know the thing that makes you feel alive while you’re doing it? The thing that everyone tells you you’re really good at, but you think it’s no big deal? Guess what…it’s a big deal! It’s your gift. Contrary to your opinion of yourself and that gift, everyone can’t do that like you. Many times, like Will, we ignore our gift until it holds us hostage demanding to be acknowledged. He would sneak into classrooms at night not only to exercise his gift, but also to get some peace of mind. Ignoring the gift began to affect his entire life including his relationships, productivity and his freedom.
In the movie that is your life, what is everyone saying you do well? Stop thinking it’s nothing special because it is something very special. If you’re feeling stuck maybe, just maybe, it’s time to let your gift off its leash. I guarantee you in a move of reciprocal respect and gratitude your gift will set you free. Your destiny may be calling to you from the other side of your abandoned aptitude, your neglected niche, or your tortured talent. Show yourself a little good will and set it free so you can be free. See you after the show.
*Good Will Hunting (1997)-Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver. Written by: Damon & Affleck. Directed by: Gus Van Sant. Available on DVD.
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20/20 in 120 is no ordinary movie critique. It is one hip chick sharing the lessons movies have taught me in hopes my lessons will help you finally open your eyes to see your destiny reaching out to you like a 3D movie. “See you after the show”.