Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in Movie Review Theater, we will be answering questions about The Accountant.
Did you make it until the end of the movie? I made it to the end and even though this movie was over 2 hours long, it was fast paced and didn't seem to drag in any spots. That may not sound like a compliment, but this movie is entitled The Accountant, so I feel like that should be in the conversation. This is an action movie, but the real test was always going to be if Affleck could pull off the mathematician part, because we know he can pull off the action part. He's Batman for a reason, for crying out loud. He does pull it off and did a great job too, even if there was a few times he broke character. The character is an autistic man that cannot read facial queues and doesn't react to emotion, so a grin here and there in the wrong spot really stands out. That's hard to maintain though and this was never meant to be a serious movie about the struggles with Autism.
Would you be embarrassed to see this movie with your mom? I wouldn't have been embarrassed, and I would have probably given her a hug afterwards for being such an awesome parent in relation to the mom and dad in his movie. The young version of Affleck is told in flashback and his parents were......less than stellar....I'll let you decide the proper wording for them, but I give my mom props even more after seeing them in action.
What drink would pair best with this movie? An ice cold soda to go along with your popcorn, because this is 100% a popcorn movie. There isn't too much plot to follow, which is a shame due to the cast being amazing, but it's fun from beginning to end. I never thought I would laugh at one of my favorite actors being shot in the face, but they managed to get me here. Affleck is really good here, but just don't pull at the plot-line thread too much or it will unravel very quickly.
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? This might be my favorite movie for this question, because that can only be answered in one way, which is.......Ben Affleck is a very good director and a terrific actor in his own right, but his peer is Matt Damon and everything that Ben Affleck has ever been in would be a better movie with Matt Damon. Affleck was tremendous acting and directing in The Town, but imagine how much better Damon would be in that role. A cross between Will Hunting and Jason Bourne, which would be perfect in every way for that movie. I don't know how to get around this because I don't want to compare them and I really, honestly am a big fan of Ben, but he's just not as good as Matt is and Matt has decades of skins on the wall to prove it at a time that Ben struggled. So, as good as The Accountant is, it would be that much better with Matt Damon.
If you see this movie on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? In about a year from now, The Town, Argo, and The Accountant are going to be the Saturday afternoon TBS lineup for months at a time and I am going to get sucked into all 3 multiple times. Again, the plot is barely held together here, so don't think this is on the level of Argo and that it will get nominated for an Oscar. This is a an action movie from beginning to end where Affleck kicks all of the ass. All of it! It's very, very fun.
Overall rating: 6 out of 10 stars
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