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The Accountant Movie Review (2016) | Ben Affleck’s a Badass Prodigy

Bill Dubuque’s story of The Accountant movie fits like a glove into the frames of Gavin O’Connor, one of the finest directors of our times. For those who are unaware, the latter’s the same guy who brought us the exceptional movie Warrior in the year 2011. The Accountant movie packs in a rare gem of a story that couldn’t have received a better director. Apart from a predictable climax, the movie retains just the right amount of action and a lot of awe-inspiring intelligible gestures that compel you to marvel at the protagonist, and his unworldly state of mind.

Gavin O’Connor isn’t the only one trying to furbish the brilliant frames of The Accountant movie. He is well supplemented at all times by extraordinary actors like Ben Affleck, Jon Bernthal, J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick. With Ben Affleck taking up the center seat to let us stay astounded at the genius his character is, you wonder if autism could really create something as badass as him.

DIRECTION OF THE ACCOUNTANT MOVIE

I love how tranquil Gavin O’Connor remains behind the lens, and it literally shows in his work. There is this rare calm in his frames that keeps telling you the story intended to be shown. He doesn’t move on like others do when he is done. That leaves his work with proper apt focus.

The Editing of the movie is a tad troublesome, more miffing. The trick of inserting convoluted stories, overlapping tales into other tales, doesn’t really work that well in the case of The Accountant. The broken timeline that is created, in fact, ends up creating hell lot of confusion. You are forced to wonder which one’s which. However, at all times, even in that dire seriousness of helming subplots, Gavin stays undeterred. I surmise that helps in keeping his work well polished.

THE ACCOUNTANT PLOT (SPOILERS AHEAD)

Christian Wolff is a licensed accounting genius working for a small business accounting firm in Plainfield, Illinois. His accounting “glitch missions” are provided to him over the phone by a voice, that seems to share his secret. Wolff had a harsh childhood with autism. He and his brother Braxton were left by their mother at a young age. With a military hardened father to tend to their actions, they had an even rougher livelihood growing up.

Another side plot introduces us to Raymond King (Simmons) who is keen on catching the one man that had eluded him ever since a painful meeting in the past. He hires Marybeth Medina played convincingly well by Cynthia Addai-Robinson to find him and arrest him.

Christian Wolff’s next mission is his final legal assignment in a Robotics Company where he is to solve a huge financial discrepancy issue. It also introduces him to Dana Cummings (Anna Kendricks). What follows is an intricate unfolding in an endeavour to find out who the real culprit behind the discrepancy is. What gorgeously skims alongside the revelation is an unknown figurine trying to shut everybody down by killing them with the help of a cool threatening assassin (Bernthal).

SCENES TO CHERISH: BEN AFFLECK GILDING

There are jaw-dropping moments squeezed into the accountant that will make you laud it profusely. To see Christian Wolff break all barriers of the mundane is insanely gratifying. His modus operandi of doing things, the unique style even before he begins focusing, and the things he does to stay confined becomes further embellished by Ben Affleck’s natural flair for acting. I loved how Wolff kept a painting of Pollock on his ceiling, that he would stare at the chaos on it before soothing himself to sleep.

still of Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff in the Accountant movie brooding

Also, the fact that Christian Wolff had everything in his life in order can’t be missed. Right from the point he would open his garage gates, to the precision in his entrance, to his parking and to the timely array of everything that composed his life; Everything, almost everything talked about how controlled he really was. Then how with an uncommon act of disarray, with the inclusion of a tinge of dissonance into his perfection, chaos ensued. It was beautifully portrayed.

Then there are dope action sequences that will leave you dumbfounded. Action is quick, stylized and decorated, just the way we prefer. His sniper shots are like music to the ears, and eye candy to the eyes.

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DOWNSIDES OF THE ACCOUNTANT MOVIE

Robert C. Treveiler plays a tough army dad who wishes to see his kids prepped up for an unfair world. For that he trains them, a punitive ceaseless affair that goes on till they learn everything there is, in all kinds of fighting lessons. But in his abominable bluntness, there remains a brazen overlooking of children injustice that stays unaddressed. As if all of it was fine.

With Ray King’s (played by J.K. Simmons) constant twitching, you get an idea if there is a sub-plot at play, or if there is a relation with the protagonist, waiting to be dropped at any moment. Then when you are entertained with the conjoining of prologue you get to see why Ray is keen on finding about “the who” and also the whereabouts of The Accountant. The fact that all of that search accounts for nothing eventually bothers you beyond limit, since that leaves threads out in the open. You can’t help but wonder – Why that dispensable build up when it wasn’t supposed to go anywhere?

ANOTHER BIG LET DOWN

Unfortunately the Accountant movie has its Martha moment too. (I am a huge Affleck fan, but sorry it was too evident to overlook). You wait for that final fight to take place only to realize Braxton and Wolff were in fact brothers. You kind of see that from far away too. But then even after that big climax, the reason they start fighting for is something that will make you shake your head. That aftermath lacks proper melodrama, and their squabble ends up becoming a complete dud.

still of Jon Bernthal as Braxton in the Accountant movie

Another one of those I have already mentioned before. Bazillions of subplots! It is hard to keep track of them. It’s like someone is telling a story, and then even before it gets over, someone narrates another one. Perplexes you so much!

THE FINAL VERDICT

I would recommend you to celebrate the movie for its dark theme. However limited its action is, you are going to love it for its thrilling depiction. Also, there are two reasons to watch the Accountant movie. The first one – Ben Affleck, hands down. A clean winner! The second one is for Gavin O’Connor’s grim direction. He shoehorns in just the right amount of everything confirming nothing’s truly spoiled. So despite the vexing flaws it possesses everything’s overlooked.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Review (2016)

Kung Fu Panda 3 is just as adorable as its predecessors.

KUNG FU PANDA 3 HIGHLIGHTS

Po is back with his unceasing shenanigans. The humour he manages to squeeze out with a droll face and his non-stop clumsy acts is just A1. Ice that up with the perfect comic delivery of Jack Black, and we get a Panda that just takes it up to another level of awesomeness. He still gets awestruck by trivial things. Still does all the things that he used to, to throw you into fits of laughter. Kung Fu Panda 3 is yet another installment that doesn’t stop at nothing to make you giggle whilst you chomp on your popcorn.

The movie is an info-taining lesson that teaches us a lot of crucial stuff like teamwork, improvisation, support, brotherhood, unity and forgiveness. CGI is just as great as the previous installments. If you are looking for fun, boy this movie is nothing but the Kung “Fun” Panda 3!

SPOILERS BOUNCING AHEAD

Sticking to its origin when it comes to the plot, where we always get served a badass villain who ends up getting ridiculed by the cloddish mien of our protagonist Kung Fu Panda 3 is no different. We are offered a fixed mainstream story-line when it comes to fighting bits. Exploring a little softer side, we find a pleasant addition to the tale in the form of Li, the biological father of Po. He is equally upbeat and cool like Po.

PLOT BIGGIES

Plot delves into darker waters as we find Li tricking Po into visiting his village convincing him to teach him Chi. Bubbly as Po is he gets sold to the faux story and walks, nay, clambers his way towards the awesome village of even cuter Pandas who overwhelm him with their unique acts. Kai, the ruthless villain from the spirit realm rummages through their village to have a final face-off against our hero. A complete entertaining package!

DOWNSIDES

If you look at the downsides, things go in a lot of fantastical zone like the introduction of Chi, learning which should be a Herculean task for the Panda town. But they ace it in a jiffy. So, wasn’t tangible exactly, but then again isn’t the movie franchise entirely fictional already?

So, overlooking everything incredible in the Panda series, I come to the bottom-line: Kung Fu Panda 3 is a great entertainer!

Terminator Genisys Review (2015)

Terminator Genisys falls apart circling bland horizons.

If you have been following the Terminator saga closely, which as a matter of fact I have, and which of course is hard for people to keep track of given the humongous year gaps, you would be thrilled to see the beginning sequence of the movie. The untold prologue gets told. What James Cameron had hinted in the first installment gets displayed. But the question goes: was it perfect?

What James Cameron had ignited long ago was a spark of sci-fi awesomeness. The cast then was stellar, their acting prowess unmatched! What Alan Taylor has with him is a bunch of renowned actors, some of them can’t really plunge into the sentient topnotch emotions that the then Sarah, Kyle and Connor had sparked amidst the Skynet terror stricken world. (Daggers intended at Jai Courtney!)

Genisys has a brilliant plot too, but unfortunately it negates everything James had built in his timeline. The time theory just gets trudged upon big time and little explanations of justification make things even more difficult to understand. If you aren’t up to speed with the Terminator timeline, you might as well miss it.

The powerful drama of the franchise gets lost into mediocrity. Gravity in the characters is nowhere to be found. There is no impending dread like there used to be. It fails to milk on hard-to-defeat robot fear factor.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

All that had happened in ‘The Terminator’ is made to rest in dust, as Sarah encounters another Arnie (whom she calls Pops, and boy does he behave like one!) in the year 1973, who had come to save her from a Skynet cyborg sent from the future just like the first installment. Now the meeting with Kyle Reese in the year 1984 happens but this time with an already prepped Pops (who knows everything about the future) and Sarah who intercept Kyle and kill Arnie from The Terminator. What is the next logical thing to do? Avoid the judgment day. So that is what Kyle and Pops are in for, but Kyle breaks in with a memory he had in the time machine saying they have to go to 2017 as that is when the judgment day was bound to happen and not 1997 (Kyle and Pops don’t know that as they haven’t seen T-2 :P). So what appears to be a recalcitrant Kyle coaxing Sarah to go to 2017 (that looks horrible btw) was basically based on a memory Kyle had. Trusting that they reach 2017 where Genisys aka Skynet is about to go live.

What makes the story even more intricate is the fact that John Connor in the future gets affected by Skynet something that Kyle witnesses when he was about to time travel to 1984. The affected John Connor is then sent some years prior to 2017 to see to it that everything goes fine and that Genisys goes online without a hiccup (so primarily to stop Kyle and Sarah).

Along with Kyle, Sarah time travels to 2017 only to find the future bad John and of course Pops still up and running. What follows are some brilliant action sequences in an effort to stop Skynet/Genisys from going live. I know it’s one hell of a hotchpotch. Things were simpler when there was only one timeline to follow.

Jai seems literally absent with emotions. (Was he just chosen for the naked time travel scenes or was he really supposed to act?) He looked more cyborg than Pops! Emilia could have been a good Sarah, but sometimes it is really hard to read her. The Kyle and Sarah romance and the right chemical vibes are literally absent from the movie which makes it hard to relate to their commotion. Movie lacks profundity something that its predecessors had mastered. Arnold is showing too many expressions for a cyborg. The inclusion of J.K. Simmons looks dispensable. Jason Clarke doesn’t look that great as John too.

On the good side we have some pretty dope action scenes, like the one where Pops holds a T-1000 in the acid. Or when he rams a rotor into John, the bus action seq, and the final action bits that look pretty great. Other than that, mediocre!

Whiplash Review (2014)

Intense and epic!

Damien Chazelle has landed a knockout blow in extremity with his epic jazz project. Whiplash is a story of a young drummer with a potential to stand amongst the greats and an abusive instructor who seeks perfection at every note to help his students achieve the greatness.

The casting couldn’t have been more perfect. Both Teller and Simmons fit the portrait of their characters superbly. Simmons is an exceptional actor. He dons the abusive and mean demeanour quite naturally and carries it throughout the flick, reeking of perversion, cruelty and foul-mouthed barbarism. Going inhumane to create a musical virtuoso was something Simmons was trying to achieve. Teller, an equally great actor leaves no stone unturned to play the obsessive drummer, who fumes with confidence and rage when tipped over the breaking point. You see him burn in wrath and conviction when he is trying to prove himself.

Direction is enthralling. The way camera moves quickly capturing every gesture of the instructor and the protagonist and then landing on every instrument in the orchestra was a delight to watch. Beats in the background subtly wrapping up New York buildings show exceptional direction skills of Chazelle. Editing was outstanding. There wasn’t a moment of ennui in the entire movie.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

There are excellent dramatic scenes in the movie that simply goes on to show how Teller has significantly evolved in the acting department. Watch out for the bit when he gets rammed by a truck and still goes on to play. Also when he plays so fiercely that he bleeds and jabs the drum in resentment.

The climax of the movie would literally stop your breath. My hands were moving along with Andrew’s sticks as if I was drumming it. One of the best drums you would ever listen to.

Wasn’t a big jazz fan. This movie has transformed the way I looked at it. Highly recommended quality cinema ladies and gentlemen!