The Accountant (2016)
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The Accountant was a nice surprise. The answer to the question "what if Batman was an autistic super-accountant/justice assassin?" could have been worrisome, but though the character is a comic book fantasy (and it will all go down better if you look at it in those terms), the take on autism felt well-researched and positive (an early scene gave the young accountant-to-be a knack similar to that of a friend's son, which helped convince me). The third act does head into more formulaic territory, and there's at least one crazy plot coincidence too many, but overall, I enjoyed the excellent cast, the humor, the action, and the puzzle-solving. Is this Affleck's "Bourne franchise"? It could work as long as they walk the tightrope as nimbly in future installments. Or will this go the way of Affleck's Daredevil, another differently-abled action hero The Accountant might remind audiences of in spots?
The Bourne Autism
It actually wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews had led me to believe
A fascinating title character stuck in a frustratingly trite action story. Affleck does a great job handling the autistic character (and the character is well-written, as I can attest from personal experience with an autistic child), but he is surrounded by cringe-worthy stock FBI characters (including J.K. Simmons cashing in a paycheck), alternately smart-then-dumb bad guys and stupid plot twists. The Batman comparison is apt, but if I want Batman, I will watch Batman. Check youir brain at the door if you rent it.
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