Film Review: The Imitation Game

1d42c26fe114da7e624307d7a06d0ee8Some movies just seem to be designed to be nominated for everything during an awards season, even if it wasn’t its makers’ intention –usually, the big producers are the ones that make sure the films go that way.

In the case of The Imitation Game, it couldn’t be more obvious. Take the story of Alan Turing, who was one of the brightest minds this country has had, was unfairly treated and had a tragic ending, add the likes of talented actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley and I could have told you, before the film was even shot, that this would be one of the most nominated movies of the year.

For those of you who don’t know about Alan Turing’s life, he cracked coded messages from the Nazis during World War II, something that helped the Allies win the war. And ten years later, he was prosecuted for being homosexual, chose chemical castration over jail and committed suicide two years later.

ImitationIn The Imitation Game, Turing is portrayed brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch, who manages to find a balance between the irritability of the character and the tragedy of his life. It is truly a performance that is only being rivalled by Eddie Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking in this awards season.

The only problem is that, by putting all the weight of the film on Cumberbatch’s shoulders (it is, after all, a movie about Turing), the rest of the characters lack depth. So you have actors like Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance or Mark Strong, all thespians who could give riveting performances, being used as mere puppets to move around Cumberbatch, something that is entirely the script’s fault. Every single scene with Turing is astounding, emotive, powerful, and yet I cannot remember the names of the other characters, simply because they weren’t developed enough, which is a shame. It wastes the talent of great British actors. Graham Moore is just starting as a screenwriter, so he still has a long way to go while he learns and gets better.

Despite this flaw, The Imitation Game is set to be one of the greatest movies of the year, if only because of Cumberbatch’s not-unexpected superb performance. Add to that Alexandre Desplat’s fitting score (one of the best of the year, along with Hans Zimmer’s for Insterstellar) and tears are guaranteed.

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2 thoughts on “Film Review: The Imitation Game

  1. I really loved this film. I am not a fan of biopics, but this film took the right tactic. They didn’t try to tell his entire life story.

    On a slightly unrelated note, my mom is now a Cumberbitch because of this film.

    • Virginia Cerezo

      Hahaha well, everyone has to become a Cumberbitch sooner or later, right?

      I also liked the fact that it only told one part of his life. When biopics go from birth to death they become quite tediuos and there’s never enough depth because of that.

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