This is how my review system works. I’ve broken down my review into 4 different categories (Directing, Acting, Story, Entertainment Value). I’ll give a score out of 5 for each category. At the end I’ll average the scores to come up with an overall score for the film.
Lets get to it!
The Accountant is a Warner Bros. action/crime drama directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars the many talents of Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow. The story revolves around Affleck’s character who works as a CPA accountant as a front to cover his activities as an accountant for some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. When he takes on a legitimate client, and begins uncooks the books, the body count rises as he gets closer to the truth.
The film is directed spectacularly Gavin O’Connor (which is to be expected by the director of Warrior and Miracle). He completely made me believe that all the characters in the film could actually exist in today’s world. Even down to making me believe that Affleck’s character (who has aspergers in the film) could be a miracle-working accountant and badass. The film is beautiful to watch, and the fighting scenes get really intense. I felt every punch that was delivered, and I give credit not only to the direction given by O’Connor, but to his cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey as well. There were times in the film where I felt the pacing slowed down a bit. And other times I wished we had seen more with a specific character. Overall, I give the Directing of this film a solid 4/5!
The acting in this film was solid. I completely believed Affleck as someone with asperger’s who not only functioned as an accountant, but also as a Jason Bourne type character. I also want to point out that Anna Kendrick, who I thought was going to be a weak link in this film based off the trailers, actually worked out quite nicely. Everyone else played their parts well. I don’t think there will be any Oscars given out this year for acting in this movie, but I still enjoyed what I saw – 4/5 in the acting category.
The overall story for the film was not as intense throughout as I had hoped it would be. Don’t get me wrong – there are definitely some places in the movie that turn into nail bitters. But in between those scenes it would sometimes come to a lull. Then I would have to wait for it to pick back up again. There is an interesting twist at the end that I believed worked. I’m giving story a 3/5
What’s the point of everything stated already if there is no entertainment? There would be no point at all – good thing that is not the case. I very much enjoyed myself at the theaters. I was lucky enough to see the movie in a XD theater where the sound and visuals really helped to stimulate the experience that movie gives you. As stated already, you feel every punch given, and every bullet fired. The action in the movie very much had a Jason Bourne meets John Wick feel – and that mad for a great experience. I was on the edge of my seat when the film makers intended, and I was drawn in by the motivation of all the characters. I was pretty entertained through pretty much the whole movie, so I’m giving this category a score of 4/5!
Overall I had a lot of fun at the theater, and recommend this film to anybody who is looking for a fun time to just go out with some friends, down a bag of popcorn, and enjoy a well made action/crime drama. I’m giving The Accountant a score of 3.75/5.