The Accountant is directed by Gavin O'Connor and stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and JK Simmons and tells the story of Christian Wolff, a severely autistic maths genius, who cooks the books for a new client whilst the treasury department close in on his activities.
The Accountant, plain and simple, is an engaging two hour masterpiece that over complicates itself yet still effortlessly delivers. We are never sure if it's about laundering money, or living with autism, or corporate corruption, however all of the subplots ultimately converge beautifully in the last act of the film
What the film did bring to the table was some phenomenal, quite possibly oscar winning acting. After long consideration personally I think this is Ben Affleck's best role to date, he really digs deep and challenges himself with this role, certain things with his body language and his habits like having one plate in his entire house was just incredible. His standard of acting was so good it made his character very believable and was very respectful full to a very sensitive topic. He delivered lines perfectly, the hand to hand combat sequences were stunning and whilst at first shy; Anna Kendrick (who played a different more interesting role) interacted with him wonderfully and really brought him out of his shell which lead to some fantastic all round character development.
There was also gripping acting from Simmons and Cynthia Addai-Robinson who gave a deep insight into the dangerous world of the treasury department. This film also had some of the best dialog I have heard for ages, most characters had very intelligent things to say and everyone felt they had a place in this story. Whilst at the climax of the film they took a comedic approach, which didn't necessarily work that well, Affleck's bluntness of his character really added to the films comedy in a lot of scenes.
The most striking aspect to the film was it's soundscape and cinematography. Every single shot in this entire film was absolutely beautiful, the crisp autumn leaves, the large landscape shots everything was filmed so professionally that it blew me away. The whole film is very grey and dismal and it's phenomenal how this can all be achieved by some brilliant directing and a magnificent score that really added to the dark tone of the film.
Whilst too confusing to understand with no main plot line. In the end The Accountant demonstrated a fascinating look into corrupted business, with amazing acting and cinematography and treating autism like a superpower instead of a disability.
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