Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writer: Bill Dubuque
Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal
You’ll have to forgive me for taking such a long break from reviewing movies – having a baby will wreak havoc on your free time and energy. The wife and I have been streaming quite a bit, but haven’t been able to get to the theater until now. Luckily, our first movie post-baby, The Accountant, left us surprisingly entertained, despite the swaths of reviews warning the opposite.
With the new baby in mind, I’ve decided shorten things a bit by devising a quick and easy review system. We’ll see if I stick with it or not.
The Good: The action is solid and the story kept me engaged without too many eye rolls in the logic department. Also, while Affleck and Kendrick are adequate in their lead roles, it’s Jon Bernthal and JK Simmons that turn in the best performances.
The movie also doesn’t treat autism with a heaping of disrespect, as the trailers would lead you to believe. It frames Affleck’s character more as an autistic superhero – not due to his autism, but certainly heightened by it and his unique circumstances. To my surprise, the film correctly acknowledges people with autism not as lesser humans with learning disability, but as intelligent people who simply learn and see the world differently.
The Bad: You see the supposed twist coming from a mile away. Thankfully, the movie still holds up without the surprise. The movie also may suffer from a lack of flair that will separate it stylistically from other similar actions flicks. It’s hero, however, is fairly refreshing.
See It, Save It For Later, or Skip It: While it’s no masterpiece, The Accountant is entertaining enough to warrant a recommendation of seeing it in theaters or at least streaming/renting it the first week of availability.
Final Thoughts: After several summer action movie let-downs over the past few months (I’m looking at you Jason Bourne, Suicide Squad, and X-Men Apocalypse), The Accountant serves up an entertaining little story with a unique hero. It most definitely does not reinvent the wheel, but it rolls just the same.
Current Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%
Current IMDB Score: 7.9/10
My Overall Score: 7.5/10 Random Henchmen Getting Their Asses Handed to Them