I saw The Accountant starring Ben Affleck today and I must say that it is one of the most relatable films I have seen in recent years. The reason for this is because Ben Affleck plays someone who has high-functioning autism. As someone who has lived with autism all his life and serves as an autism ambassador I felt a special connection between myself and Ben Affleck’s character. All of the mannerisms his character had from his habits, skills, routines, social interactions, even the description of his own diagnosis were very similar to my own. Just as his character was skilled with numbers I am equally skilled with words and when we engage with our specialties we enter a trance like state. We are both perfectionists who possess an obsessive focus to finish whatever task we are given no matter what. Most important of all is the difference between our current selves and younger selves, which is like night and day. When we were younger, we had little control over our impulses and motor skills, but as we grew older we became more refined individuals who controlled our conditions instead of the other way around. The list of similarities go on and on. Overall, I enjoyed this film not as an average movie goer, but as someone who appreciates everything that could be attained from being autistic. If you are like me and have autism or if you have a loved one who has autism, then this is the film for you.


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