Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an autistic mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a forensic accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J. K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As he gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.
First thing right off the bat, the plot for this is unbelievably stupid, there’s no denying that, it makes no sense whatsoever and for the film, that’s probably one of the two biggest flaws with the movie that this has.
The other biggest flaw is that the script is bad, Bill Dubuque’s script doesn’t play out well at all and usually a good writer should be able to make a bad plot work but here, that’s not the case, the film struggles to get through predictable clichés one after another and a convoluted storyline that just doesn’t work. The ending to this movie will make you go “what the hell was that?” It is such a clusterfuck of an ending that it contradicts everything that had happened prior, it’s just such a lazily written script this movie is.
BUT to the movie’s credit, everything else about is perfectly fine, the acting is really solid here, the actors do a good job working the material they have to work with, Ben Affleck is really solid in this, Anna Kendrick is always going to be enjoyable no matter what she’s in, Jon Berenthal is really good here, J.K. Simmons is really good here, John Lithgow is really good here, Jeffrey Tambor is really good here, everybody in this cast does a really solid job actingwise, they’re the glue that keeps this movie together.
The direction is nicely done, Gavin O’Connor, director of Miracle and Warrior, does a good job handling the direction, the cinematography by Seamus McGarvey is really solid, the score by Mark Isham is very good, the tension is really good, and the action is really good.
So, overall, everything else about The Accountant did work, everything except for the plot and the execution of said plot. A good scriptwriter and director should be able to handle taking a plot that makes no sense and make it work but this script doesn’t and that’s where the movie falters. So, all-in-all, The Accountant is just okay, it’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just okay.
KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?
A stand up about African-American culture, American politics, current events, everyday life, human sexuality, marriage, parenting, pop culture, race relations, racism, self-deprecation. Observational comedy, black humor, surreal humor, satire, self-deprecation.
Regardless of how you feel about Kevin Hart as a comedic actor, I personally like a lot of his movies but he’s had some notoriously bad movies like Get Hard and Soul Plane, the dude is a really funny stand up comic. And if you loved his last stand up comedy movie, Let Me Explain, you’re gonna love this one too, this one is just as good.
This movie was hilarious, Hart once again shows off that great stand up comic vibe he brings to these shows he does and he gets a ton of really solid laughs all throughout this movie.
Even the segment they have for the beginning and the end with Hart and cameos by Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, and Ed Helms, which could’ve been overkill and just seem pointless as this wraparound to extend the run time, it wasn’t half bad, there were actually really good solid laughs for a good majority of the segments. And I get why that’s there, it’s obviously that the wraparound segments are inspired by the wraparound segment in Eddie Murphy Raw where a young Eddie Murphy tells a raunchy joke to his family on Thanksgiving in 1968. There was even one for Hart’s last stand up movie, Let Me Explain.
I also liked how this movie does things most stand up films don’t do, like behind Kevin Hart, there will always be a screen behind him with different images and they play so well into Hart’s comedy during many of his bits but not only that, they aren’t afraid to just show the audience laughing, there’s a great bit during this bit where Hart is talking about going to the bathroom at an airport at 6:30am and being stopped by an fan in the bathroom and during this segment, they literally cut to an older woman with this look on her face like “that’s not funny, that’s not funny, that’s definitely not funny.” She had this look like Donald Trump did at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner:
If you are a fan of the stand up comedy antics of Kevin Hart then What Now? is definitely right up your ally, it’s as funny and as enjoyable as Let Me Explain and it proves how funny of a man Kevin Hart can really be.
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