Mental Health In Films
Before I even dive into this masterpiece, I want to just say that I appreciate any film director or writer that shines light on mental health in a constructive, yet informative manner. Too many times, movies that include a character with a developmental and/or MH diagnosis steer toward the negative aspects and remain there for the duration. This movie did not do that..at all..lol
So what's this film about? Well, it's about a man that has learned to deal with developmental issues in a rather peculiar fashion. He has learned with the the assistance of his strict yet, determined father, how to channel his quirks into something that is virtually unstoppable.
Christian Wolf(Affleck) is the young man in question that has overcome his troubled beginnings to become a successful accountant for some of the world's nastiest criminals. Now one might ask..How does he do that?
Well, his innate ability to focus only on things that matter enables him to sidestep a lot of the hangups that you or I would have with sitting in a roomful of killers.
Christian Wolf is of course a dramatic representation of someone's ability to live with Asperger syndrome on this insane level, but it is still encouraging and nice to see that not all aspects of the disorder are seen in a bad light.
This movie follows the story of Christian, the accountant, through a treacherous trail of murder, guns and the desire to connect with others.
Now, even though sometimes he connects with bullets, his first love is numbers and he's a damn wizard at making things add up.
Imagine for a moment that everything and anything in your environment is a distraction... Now imagine that you could look through a scope and focus on one single task, one person, one number at a time.
Now that's clarity and that's what Christian finds in his particular line of work. Aside from medications which only mask issues, he has learned how to channel his aggression and short comings into something that is no less than miraculous.
There's also some other people in this film that make the story even more interesting, but at the end it's all about Christian.
I'm not even going to sit here and tell you about Living Robotics and the cute number cruncher, Dana Cummings(Anna Kendrick) that are big components of Christian's story. I'm just going to say, buy a ticket, some popcorn and enjoy.
After Watching The Accountant...
I was pleasantly pleased with the film and wish there were more just like it. It's not often that we get a movie that pushes the envelope of the potential people can reach if they learn how to channel their focus.
If we all only had one eighth of Christian's potential..life as we know it would completely different.
And on that note, I want to say: The next time you see someone who's just a little different from you, don't be so quick to judge because they could very well be the same person to save your life down the road.