The Imitation Game Review

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“In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma — which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.”

What I liked:

The performances. Cumberbatch and Knightley kill it in The Imitation Game, which is really no surprise.  They were the most convincing of the entire cast and Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Alan Turning is spot on. Which is what I would say if I knew what Alan Turning was really like in real life when he was alive, but I don’t so I am just going to assume it was spot on.

The Sharp Screenplay. With outstanding performances from Cumberbatch and Knightly, your film already has a lot going for it, but adding fairly sharp dialogue that is pretty consistently funny and entertaining helps a lot.

The Aesthetic.  The Imitation Game looks beautiful. Every shot looks pretty and they did a very good job with costumes and lighting. It is just very pleasant to watch.

What it wants to convey. This is not only the amazing story of Alan Turning and how he changed world and saved millions of lives during World War II. This is also a tragic story of the end of Turnings life. It is when Turning is going through personal struggles that the film is at its best.

What I didn’t like.

It’s standard.  If Alan Turning was such a unique fellow, he deserves something more than a standard biopic. The movie was very well done, but it wasn’t anything different. It can be very sensational and cheesy at times. There is even one of those dumb scenes where Alan Turning is about to get fired and all of his friends say “If you want to fire him you have to fire me too!” and I almost threw up right then and there.  It’s too cliché for someone who is supposed to be as interesting and revolutionary as Alan Turning.  The movie can also get pretty boring at times. Yes, Cumberbatch and Knightley were both very good and convincing, but the rest of the cast and characters were downright forgettable.

Overall, the film was enjoyable and pretty. The main stars rocked it while the background characters were forgettable.  If you can catch this movie at Cole Cinema you will probably have a good time, but you aren’t missing anything spectacular.

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