Waiting on a 4-hour car repair, husband Mike and I shuttled to see La La Land. From the opening traffic jam (reminiscent of Two Weeks Notice) drivers burst from their cars into song and dance. The film immediately had my attention. What? A real musical starring Emma Stone as Mia and Ryan Gosling as Sebastian made me lean back, take a deep breath and know that I was on a virtual romantic romp.
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) showed that he has more guts than a Christmas turkey this time directing an original musical with Gosling singing and dancing! Mike couldn’t get past it and I loved it. Thanks to catching a Kevin McCarthy TV review of the film I knew that Gosling also did his own piano scenes. Yup, that’s his voice, his legs and those are his hands on the keys.
The romance between Mia and Sebastian was believable. Tenacity becomes a virtue that begs support from a mom, friend, or most of all, a sweetheart. They understood their passions and the risks that call for courage. I felt the spark and the tension between them as they sang and danced their way through setbacks and mistakes.
I can’t wait to see La La Land again. Chazelle deserves an award for engaging audiences everywhere to an estranged genre. I anticipate the Academy will reward this film accordingly.
Ben Affleck stars as Christopher Wolff, an autistic math savant and a CPA involved with some shady characters. What he does makes for a compelling mystery-thriller.
The Accountant movie is about Christopher Wolff (Ben Affleck) a forensic accountant who happens to also be autistic and a math savant who combines the best of both as a CPA–or is he an assassin? Don’t let the title fool you! This accountant’s job has him living two lives intertwining the mundane with danger.
O’Connor took some risks with a pile-up of plots and tying in an autistic lead who could cause as much trouble with a felt tip pen as he can with firing guns from full-auto submachine guns to .50 caliber sniper rifles. Affleck was terrific in this role. J K Simmons (Whiplash) enters as a treasury agent whose suspicions of a successful company lead him to Wolff. A surprise in the cast is Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) who’s just doing her job and ends up in the line of fire.
I found The Accountant to be a sleeper surprise. I liked the twists and turns. I want to see it again.