Monday, January 12, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch,
Keira Knightley


November 28, 2014 (NY/LA)
December 25, 2014 (WIDE)

Morten Tyldum

The Weinstein Company

1 hour 54 minutes



If there were ever two touchy topics that films like to tackle in this day and age more frequently than most, they would most likely be World War II and homosexuality.  Of course racism and Anti-Semitism are touched upon a lot more, but they don't apply to this film.  "The Imitation Game" takes the story of a man's quest to crack the supposedly "uncrackable" Nazi code during World War II in order to win the war and adds a lot more emotion and substance to it than one would expect.  In fact, it's that emotion and substance that elevated the film in quality for me, personally.  Benedict Cumberbatch showcases his true talents as Alan Turing, a Sheldon Cooper-esque individual who has a lot more to him than meets the eye.  Keira Knightley plays his fellow mathematician and dear friend  Joan Clarke and she gives a career-best performance as well, bringing the contrast, chemistry, and raw emotion needed for a character like this.  Morten Tyldum, along with screenwriter Graham Moore, have created a witty, heartbreaking, and occasionally funny historical drama that deserves to be shown in future History or World War II classes.  "The Imitation Game" is a brilliant work of art, and one of my personal favorite films of 2014.

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