Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Movie Review - The Imitation Game

There has been much press about this movie, The Imitation Game. Often that can be the kiss of the death. This time of year when the "Big" films are being dumped just in time for Awards season, it is easy for a film to get lost in the bunch or, worse yet, be disappointing given the current competition. All that said, this film fell victim to neither.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turning and Keira Knightly as Joan Clarke, lead the cast of this true story of the team ensconced at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School located at Bletchley Park (a British estate) during WWII tasked with breaking the code on the German's Enigma machine.

Turning, while most likely the world's best cryptanalyst, has a type of aspergers and to say he is socially awkward is the understatement of the year. Clarke brings out the humanity in him and, as she often does in her other roles, adds as much in her facial expressions as she does in dialogue. 

The story is fascinating, in that it is true but what happened was not revealed until the 1990's. The screenplay is well done and the cast is good. I read some reviews about the film not being historically accurate. Whatever! I did not go to see this film on a history class assignment. 

I can see Cumberbatch getting an Academy nod for his spot on ability to play a character who is so focused he has little idea of the world around him, and so lacking of empathy that he finds life confusing. When he does realize that he has feelings he is either surprised or totally unprepared - or both. 

Obviously I recommend the movie. It is 114 minutes well spent.

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