The Imitation Game

imitation game
BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA, THRILLER
2014

DIRECTOR: Morten Tyldum CAST: Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear
AWARDS:

  • Golden Globes
    • NOMINATED
      • Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Keira Knightley), Best Screenplay, Motion Picture, Best Original Score

RATING – 9.7 out of 10

  • Acting – 10 out of 10
    • Everyone really brought their A-game with this film. Impeccable performances. Benedict Cumberbatch was just superb, though I’d honestly expect nothing less from him. He’s brilliant, and he really gives a career-defining performance with this film.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 10 out of 10
    • This is the cinematic debut for screenwriter Graham Moore, but you wouldn’t know it with how masterfully written this work is. I foresee more great works in his future.
  • Diversity – 4 out of 10 As this is a biographical film, I have decided not to include diversity in the rating
    • This seems to be the bane of Hollywood. Or rather, Hollywood is the bane of diversity. Though, I suppose, the film’s not truly at fault with this one. History is. There aren’t any persons of colour in this film. And there’s only one female character, who begins the story as a product of her time and ends as a tenacious woman with a voice.
    • The saving grace is the portrayal of Turing’s sexuality. Alan Turing was a gay man. Now, the film could have done what so many other films have done regarding historical gay figures:
      1. Capitalize on sexual promiscuity or
      2. Completely disregard it altogether
    • Fortunately, this film did neither of those things. They stated clearly that Turing was gay and that the one great love in his life during his school days at Sherborne School: the only person to ever show him compassion, Christopher Morcom. Though nothing ever comes of this as Christopher dies of bovine tuberculosis before he has the chance to tell him.
    • Moreover the film delves into the criminalisation of homosexuality during that period in the U.K. More on this below.
  • Cinematography – 10 out of 10
    • Not much to really expound on here. I simply loved it.
  • Musical Score & Sound Editing – 10 out of 10
    • Scoring and sound were perfect.
  • Plot/Story – 10 out of 10
    • To tell the full story of Alan Turing we have to go deeper than his contribution to the Allied victory of WWII, which subsequently laid the foundation to the modern computer. Alan Turing is responsible for creating the machine that decrypted the German’s unbreakable code: Enigma. He was lauded by Winston Churchill as having made the single greatest contribution to Allied victory against Nazi Germany. Despite this, however, Alan Turing was prosecuted for homosexual acts in 1952 and was given the option of chemical castration by regular oestrogen injections (to “cure” him of his homosexuality) over time in prison. Within a year of this injections, Turing committed suicide by cyanide poisoning.
    • This is not simply another WWII story of victory against Nazis. It’s a story of gross intolerance and bigotry. The man did great things for the world, but he was criminalised because of his sexuality, which he tried desperately to keep secret.
    • One of the lines that will stay with me is spoken first by Alan Turing and then later by Joan Clarke: “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.”
  • Time – 8 out of 10
    • The film moved along great, but then after Christopher started working, it jumped really quickly to the end of the war.
  • Grandiosity vs Humility – 10 out of 10
    • This is how films should be made: with unassuming humility with the sole purpose of telling a story.
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