By. Caitlin Herlihy
According to this week’s reading, Hugo Munsterberg was interested in the social effects and aesthetic values of movies that beg the question, “Why do we go to the movies?” His work attempted to define movies as education, art, or entertainment. While these categories tend to cross-pollinate, I believe most movies have educational value. They expose audiences to people, places, and scenarios that they may not have seen otherwise. This weekend I watched The Accountant, for example, and it revealed a lifestyle I previously didn’t know existed.
This week I watched The Accountant, a thriller starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. The storyline follows Chris Wolff, a high-functioning autistic accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. The Treasury Department seeks “The Accountant” and plans to arrest him. Meanwhile, Wolff and Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) discover $61 million has been embezzled from the robotics company he works for. He and Cummings are targeted, sparking a thrilling chase for the later half of the film.
While this movie did not secure a spot in my personal favorite films, I was exposed to issues I didn’t even know existed. The intricacies of companies’ finances, the complexity of autism, and the rampant crime families across the globe shocked me as a somewhat naïve viewer. This movie is fictional, but demonstrates issues in society. One of the most eye-opening point to me was when Wolff’s rhythm is messed up. As an adult with Autism, he has a specific ritual he follows each afternoon. When he is unable to complete his assignment midway through the film, he is completely disrupted and loses physical control.
Despite my overall enjoyment of the film, there were a few glaring plot holes. I enjoyed the storyline and action and, of course, Ben Affleck.