Film review: ‘The Accountant’

Commentary by
Yun-Chen Chang

Although “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” wasn’t as critically acclaimed as it was expected to be by DC comics aficionados and superhero fans, those who like Ben Affleck are happy to know that his latest feature film “The Accountant” was released on Friday, and “Live by Night” will follow early next year.

The Accountant, an action, crime thriller (yes, it is an action film) follows the story of accountant Christian Wolff, who is played by Ben Affleck.

As this math savant goes through the account books for his new client, the U.S. Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Except for the last part about “body count,” this plot summary sounds like the accountant version of “The Imitation Game.”
However, the occupation of the main character actually serves as a settings for the flick, which is to say other professions related to math are able to have the same effect as well.

Therefore, the reason that some viewers express disappointment after seeing the motion picture is probably because of their expectation of watching a biographical drama instead of an action thriller.

The film drew a lot of attention before its release not only because of the adrenaline-filled fighting scenes, but because of its gorgeous cast. Featuring Oscar winners Affleck and J.K Simmons and Oscar nominated Anna Kendrick, the motion picture was highly anticipated.

However, hearing the moviegoers’ laughter and seeing some disdainful looks in the theater, one can see the reviews are mixed, possibly due to the fact that the film contains several unreasonable or unnecessary narratives.

One flaw cannot obscure the splendor of the jade. “The Accountant” is still very entertaining due to many artful details Director Gavin O’Connor put into the feature film paving the way for the audience to immerse themselves in Wolff’s world.
From the childhood story which tells us how Wolff is different from the flashbacks he has throughout the film, the audience starts to understand his motives, but still there are some bookends that are not so easily predicted.

While picking autism as a characteristic to build the protagonist, “The Accountant” also teaches moviegoers some facts about this disorder. The flick is laughable, but it’s not for the audience to laugh at people with autism.

When you laugh with “The Accountant,” it shows how people with autism can deal with their disorder and even cooperate with their symptoms, especially repetitive behaviors.

Not a biographical motion picture, “The Accountant” gives you two entertaining hours with charming Ben Affleck and a well-knit plot.

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