1 January 2018

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game 2014
  • Director: Morten Tyldum
  • Based on the book by Andrew Hodges
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Tom Goodman-Hill
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock, Richard III, August Osage County, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Creation, The Other Boleyn Girl, Atonement, Amazing Grace, Starter for 10, To Kill a King
    • Keira Knightley – Never Let Me Go, Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually, New Year’s Eve, Bend It Like Beckham, Star Wars The Phantom Menace
    • Matthew Goode – Dancing on the Edge, Brideshead Revisited, Copying Beethoven
    • Rory Kinnear – Spectre, Skyfall, The Hollow Crown, Quantum of Solace
    • Charles Dance – Woman in Gold, Merlin, Starter for 10, Black and White, Gosford Park, Hilary & Jackie, Michael Collins, Alien 3
    • Mark Strong – Before I Go to Sleep, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Flashbacks of a Fool, Stardust, Sunshine, Sunshine (the other one), Fever Pitch
    • Tom Goodman-Hill – Humans, The Hollow Crown, Case Histories, Hustle, Doctor Who, Gideon’s Daughter
  • Why? A ‘must see’ according to some
  • Seen: 21 December 2017      

       Alan Turing, mathematician, genius, social incompetent, totally unsuited to any military assignment whatsoever. He doesn’t even speak German. But he likes solving problems and proposes to break the Germans’ Enigma top secret coded military plans. Totally impossible so that’s why Turing will do it. It’s a true story so we know he does.
       It jumps back and forth in time – the 50’s the war, the 20’s, which I usually find annoying but is very popular in books and films these days.
       Turing is very much like Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time but not as likeable. It must be said that I’m not always so keen on Cumberbatch though he was good in Starter for 10 and Osage Orange County (but insufferable as Sherlock). It must also be said that I don’t like spy stories, and this is sort of a spy story.
       With that said it’s quite amusing at times and I’ve always had a soft spot for Knightley. She’s likeable here as a mathematical genius.
       It gets dramatic and complex, even heart-breaking as we see what happened to Turing in the homophobic 50’s.
       And Cumberbatch is very good.

4* of 5 

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