The Accountant Review

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I’m not going to lie, The Accountant disappointed me. It disappointed me because, after movies like Argo and The Town, I thought The Accountant would be another Ben Affleck thriller that’s as good as those two. Not only was The Accountant not as good, but it was well under the bar in it’s storytelling and overall quality.

The premise itself is a bit laughable. Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a natural at accounting who does financial dealings with some of the worst corrupt criminals around the world. He is also an excellent marksman and combat fighter. Oh and he is autistic as well. Wolfe is told to work at a legal business called “Living Robotics” to keep a low profile from the CIA. While there, he meets Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) and as they both find a gaping hole in “Living Robitics” accounting system the action kicks in. The premise wouldn’t be laughable if the movie tackled it’s themes head-on but it doesn’t.

Ben Affleck: Good but Cringe Inducing

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Affleck really shows emotional depth in his performance

The problem is not Ben Affleck’s performance but the character that he has to play. Because Affleck’s character is autistic, Affleck deliberately plays him in an antisocial manner. He is stone-faced expressionless throughout the whole movie (even when he is fighting and killing) crosses his arms a lot and speaks in a forced monotone.

Imagine Good Will Hunting meets Jason Bourne and you have Christian Wolff. Aside from his performances with Anna Kendrick, I was detached from his performance.

I really did not get much out of watching The Accountant. Especially when there are no narrative stakes because Affleck can easily kill bad guys without a struggle or an expression from his expressionless face. Aside from scenes from Affleck and Kendrick (which weren’t that many) and the flashback of Affleck’s character as a child, there was nothing I enjoyed.

Subplots and Twists that Never Add Up

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Unfortunately J.K. Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson play in the first of many subplots that don’t work in The Accountant.

The second problem is the movie’s scattershot layout with threads of subplots that don’t meet up. The subplots don’t gel well with the main story and they are convoluted messes that don’t add up. One of the subplots involves police detective Ray King (JK Simmons) who blackmails an analyst to help him with the case of finding who “The Accountant” is. This investigation cost countless lives and SPOILER ALERT at the end King reveals the investigation was all a test. I was just stunned. END OF SPOILERS

Maybe I am the autistic kid watching the movie because I heard from other reviewers as the one’s I heard said it was funny because it was deliberately bad. I saw no humor in it whatsoever. It was played out as a serious film with a confusing plot that slows down by act two so I then was confused and board.

What was really bewildering were the final reveals. Jesus Christ, they were godawful. They were jaw-dropping for all the wrong reasons. Not only did they not add up and not only were they overly cliched but they were fantastically stupid. I swear to God it is more unbelievable than the twist in The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. It’s that bad.

The cliff notes in closing: Ben Affleck is a good actor but his role is horrible; Affleck is good with Kendrick and that’s it; The story is confusing and the twists are god-awfully dumb and the momentum is screeched to a halt halfway through. The likable elements to the film were not enough for me to recommend it. It was really disappointing for me to watch expecting so much but getting so little. *1/2

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November to Remember

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There is a heavenly experience up top and a hellish experience at the bottom.

 

Some Studio Information: The more you know

If there in anytime for a movie critic and a casual goer to go to the movies it is the months of November to December for two reasons:

  1. People have holidays during this time and movie studios know that we are more likely to spend money. In other words, studios put on their biggest blockbuster movies that they know are good and cost a hell of a lot of money to make. This gives them a sizable profit
  2. Award ceremonies like the Academy Awards are up and around the corner. Studios decide to release their most compelling works at this time. Is is so award voters have these spectacular movies fresh in their minds by voting time.

For reason one, that is why last year movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spectre and Mockingjay were released

And is it a coincidence that movies like Brooklyn, The Revenant, The Big Short, Creed, Joy, Anomalisa, and Room were all released during that time of the year? I don’t think so.

November to Remember: A Commemoration

In commemoration for this time of the year, I am going to review one movie per day. All these movies were past releases in 2016 that I had missed that were either critically acclaimed or critically panned. The idea being that the movies are either so good or so bad that I won’t be able to forget it. Oh and also I will be reviewing movies that are coming around during the month of November.

That way it will be a November to Remember.

The Schedule

For the first week will be commemorating the event of Halloween so expect to see some good and bad thrillers/horror movies in this box.

1/11/16: 10 Cloverfield Lane

2/11/16: Green Room

3/11/16: Cabin Fever

4/11/16: The Conjuring 2

5/11/16: Ouija Origin of Evil

6/11/16: The Accountant

7/11/16: Hacksaw Ridge

The second-week will cover some comedies. Some that are comedies and others that are alleged comedies

8/11/16: Everybody Wants Some!!!

9/11/16: Cafe Society

10/11/16: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

11/11/16: Amateur Night

12/11/16: Norm of the North

13/11/16: Arrival

14/11/16: Fifty Shades of Black

 

The Third Week will consist of a lot of interesting movies in general

15/11/16: Tale of Tales

16/11/16: When Marnie was There

17/11/16: The Fifth Wave

18/11/16: Criminal

19/11/16: Where to Invade Next

20/11/16: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

21/11/16: Maggie’s Plan

 

The Final days will consist of the best of the best

22/11/16: Trumbo

23/11/16: (I don’t know yet. I’ll think of something)

24/11/16: Hell or High Water

25/11/16: The Founder

26/11/16: Bad Santa 2

27/11/16: Eye in the Sky

28/11/16: The Lobster

29/11/16: Son of Saul

30/11/16: Room

Obviously, the schedule is subject to change. There is a lot of shifting gears. I have prewritten a fair few of them but not all. If I happen to see a film that blows me away it will be moved into the final week of course 🙂

And that is pretty much it.