Flash Movie Review: The Accountant

Water seeking its own level is a way I look at people who have an overabundance of one attribute. Let me show you what I mean. If I saw a person who was extraordinary in a sports activity I would soon discover they were deficient in another part of their life. Not to make this sound like a given but within my small world this seemed to be the norm. There was this boy in school who was a genius when it came to mathematics. He had little skill in socialization, often times he would be off and away from the other students. Because he showed this amazing side of himself and the teacher did nothing to bridge the gap between him and the rest of the class, the other students shied away from him. He had a hard time through high school, though he only stayed for a couple of years before getting a scholarship to MIT at the age of 15. I hope this explains what I mean by water seeking its own level; because math skills took up a majority of this person’s brain, other skills were not fed as much. Hopefully I am making sense here; because there was a time (or maybe it still happens) when people did not take the time to find that special skill in a person. I feel each person has abilities but some don’t translate well. Another way of saying this would be to describe human beings as a recipe. If there is too much sugar they are extra sweet; if they are mean spirited then there is not a lot of goodness in them. Everything has to find a way to balance out inside of us some way.    CHRISTIAN Wolff, played by Ben Affleck (Gone Girl, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), had a father who refused the advice of doctors on how to treat his son. It was because of his decision Christian was able to take care of himself as an adult. This action crime drama twisted its way inside of me. With Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect franchise) as Dana Cummings, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Labor Day) as Ray King and John Lithgow (Interstellar, Love is Strange) as Lamar Black; the story grabbed me on several levels. First I thought the way the writer handed the subject of autism was both sensitive and humorous. Ben did a wonderful job and I especially liked the chemistry between him and Anna. They were not only sweet together but plausible. I thought the flashback scenes would have been a distraction but on the contrary they only added a real depth to the characters. Now keep in mind I never look ahead while watching a film to try and figure it out. This film took me by surprise with the twists and turns that took place. Keeping this real, let me tell you there were a few scenes that did not ring true; but in the scheme of things, it did not matter to me. The movie took an important subject and made it part of an entertaining story. Now if I could find an accountant like this one; or on second thought, I would be glad to wait for a sequel to this film.


3 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 18, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Oh good. I want a good movie to share with the hubby as he second guesses every film he see’s and seems to always know what is gong to happen all the time, Not much interests him in the way of film. He likes The Walking Dead.

  2. Sounds like a great movie- thanks for the info!

  3. All the more reason to want to see this film! Cheers! Bard Joltz!

  4. The way you wrote of this movie I was expecting more than 3 stars – you are tough! Especially when a movie gets inside you – ! Ha

    But I am looking forward to this movie after what felt like a dud with Jason Bourne – which i think your u gave 2 and 1/2 stars? I gave it one.
    Anyhow – I do know what you mean about leveling out and the different gift mixes we have.

    I have a comic with Sherlock Holmes pondering a clue and someone whispers to some one else “yes – but he has no social skills”
    Your story reminded me of this –
    Also. – not many people know how to teach future leaders – they need freedom and choices and the forcing of conformity seems to be the norm –
    Further – i once heard most US schools used to have curriculum mostly fit for female girls and right handed boys.

    In closing – your review made me think of the saying about asking a fish to stay in flight like a bird would be missing the wiring of the fish – add to sta submerged and maybe comes up once in. A while – but not meant to fly….

    • I so appreciate the different points you mentioned in your comments. As a left-handed person I had a harder time early on in school. I understand that changed some years after I was done where they began teaching writing for both right and left-handed students. Teachers have such an important job, but here they are not paid well compared to sports figures.

      And yes I am tough with my reviews. lol Thanks again for your comments.

  5. Liked this, but wondered why I enjoyed the loud gun shots so much. Am I getting used to the violence? Scary thought. I liked his childlike response when all of his work was being erased. Thought the autism subject shown the frustration of parents in a realistic manner. I, too hope for a sequel.

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