After deciding the crowds would be too large on opening day for “La La Land,” we decided to catch the Ben Affleck movie, “The Accountant” today during its final run in the theaters. Big mistake. This is a slow drag of a film, and I probably would’ve fallen asleep midway through had I been watching at home.
I later read that the Coen Brothers were once considering directing the movie, which would’ve made all the difference. There’s probably a decent movie here, but only the Coen Brothers could have brought it to life.
What makes things even more frustrating is the impressive cast, which includes Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons and the incredible Jeffrey Tambor in a wasted small role. The screenplay by Bill Dubuque has its moments, but director Gavin O’Connor sucks any life out of the script at every turn.
In a movie that could have benefited greatly from a dose of humor, there’s almost none here. Affleck has said this is one of his favorite roles, but we’re not sure why. This is a one-note performance. It’s not all his fault, of course. But we’re sure it would have all been much better had the Coen Brothers been in charge.