The trailers for this film were among the most well-made of the year. They were extremely intriguing, and positioned the film as offering an interesting mystery with well-developed characters and some exciting action. While I feel like this film doesn't necessarily qualify as the action film it was marketed as, it is a rather interesting thriller.
The biggest thing that this film does right is its character development. Affleck plays a character with a learning disability that is portrayed in a slightly more realistic light than usual. Characters with disabilities are often either portrayed as almost completely dependent, with the writing demanding sympathy for the character as a result of their condition, often without any other development. The protagonist in this film is portrayed in a way that the development of the character is well-developed, with his disability not being the only reason that the audience sympathizes with him. Affleck's performance is also an unexpectedly respectful treatment of the disability.
The only real issue that I had with the film is that the ending is extremely melodramatic. The first hour and 45 minutes are great, with an interesting story, a mind-bending mystery, and likable characters. That is until a plot twist occurs that sends the film into sappy melodrama. It doesn't make the film unenjoyable, however, I think that the change could have been handled in a better way.
So overall, I really liked "The Accountant". Despite a melodramatic ending, it is still a well-built thriller with some great acting. Fans of adult-oriented dramas should check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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