Genius alone will not do

“Your move, chief”
— Sean Maguire

Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Life is much bigger and more complex than we can comprehend, let alone navigate purely by intellectual ability. No man is an island, entire of itself. We all need somebody to help us along the way.

While there is a subplot love story, the movie makes us question the broader notion of what is a soulmate. What are the many forms our soulmate can take? Is it the demons from our past or the fears of an unknown future that are holding us back?

The coming-of-age of Will is wonderfully complimented by the equally touching catharsis undergone by Sean and professor Lambeau. The interconnectedness of us all and how we depend on each other to make our way in life, regardless of our individual gifts and personal journey. We can become wayward but never lost as long as someone believes in us.