Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Accountant Reviewed

A Movie That Surprised Me

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Accountant Ledger image from Pixabay.com
This past weekend my husband and I watched the movie The Accountant so I would like to review it for you today. We both loved the movie but probably for a lot of different reasons; let me explain. 

First of all, I admire Ben Affleck as an actor; after watching this movie that admiration has grown exponentially! When one sees the cover of the DVD, women might think that they want to pass on this movie. After all, Ben is holding a gun in his arms so that probably means it is a shoot 'em up kind of film. It is; there is quite a bit of violence in it but there is more to it. It is the "more" that made me love the movie and become a bigger fan of Mr. Affleck.


The basic premise is that Christian Wolff (played by Ben Affleck) is a math savant who works for some of the biggest crime organizations in the world; cooking their books. He hides under the guise of a small town CPA, lives quite modestly and keeps a very low profile. He is hired by a legitimate multi-million dollar business when they think that there might be a discrepancy in the accounting of the company. Some money appears to be missing.

So far you might be thinking "well, this doesn't sound all that remarkable" and I would agree with you; so stay with me. Without giving too much away I need to explain more about Christian. It isn't so much that he is extraordinary when it comes to numbers, it is that he is actually an autistic savant. Ben Affleck portrays a very believable adult who falls into the high functioning spectrum of autism.

It is this part of the movie that moved me the most, the story of a man with autism. We see glimpses of his past in an era when not much was known about autism by the medical professionals and the parents of kids with autism. We see the abuses suffered by a child who can't grasp the concept of social skills, who can't cope when they aren't able to finish a process or their routine is disrupted. We see a misguided parent trying to help his child be able to function in society. It is all of this that touched my heart deeply.

This movie is one that I think men will enjoy because of the macho fighting scenes and that part of the story. It is one that women will be touched by because of the back story of a person with special needs. My husband and I watch a lot of movies together and we both loved this movie very much. I don't think that you will be disappointed if you watch it, too. There are a lot of surprises with twists and turns in the plot.





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6 comments:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful movie for my husband and me to watch soon. We definitely have a hard time finding movies we both enjoy.

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  2. Oh Beverly I think I will be watching this movie very very soon! I love this type of film, not the shoot'em up parts, but the way that an autistic person can make a difference. Thanks for this heads-up on a film worth seeing.

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  3. I will watch The Accountant movie for sure. I had an autistic sister so I love to see movies where autism is featured.

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful movie, Bev. Thanks so much for this really good review.

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  5. The autism element of this film appeals to me. I'd like to see it based on your review. Thanks for the recommendation and review.

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  6. Thank you for your review. I totally glossed over this movie (even though I tend to like Affleck movies) because I assumed it was just another rehashed shoot-em-up movie. I'm adding this to my "to see" list based on your review.

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