I watched the movie The Accountant the other day and I expected it to be formulaic drivel with painful overacting or at the very least painful overfflecting. (I just made up a word!)
Overfflecting verb – the tendency for Ben Affleck to play one or two slight variations of himself in all his roles, usually with overacting a key feature.
Okay, now on to why I owe him an apology. He was really, really good in this movie. The film itself wasn’t formulaic. It was well-thought out. It was original. It was smart. It was enthralling.
And for the first time since somewhere around the time of Dazed and Confused, I didn’t watch him as Ben Affleck acting out a role. I just watched the character. It was so refreshing to just see the character Christian Wolff and be enthralled by his story.
Kudos to writer Bill Dubuque (who also wrote another film I like and reviewed, The Judge.) He is a good storyteller that doesn’t lead you by the nose down a tired Hollywood formula.
RATING 9 out of 10
by Chris Doelle