I may be one of the last people in the country to see “The Imitation Game”, but in case you haven’t, please let me tell you about what I rented from Redbox today. During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing worked to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
This review may take me awhile. My initial reaction is that it was astonishing, a magnificent achievement that stands tall as one of the year’s best movies. (Granted I’ve fallen behind recently) As the film continues to settle within my cinematic soul, this very well could also be the best film performance yet from the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch.
To be fair I’m fairly forgetful of most European history and probably heard the name Alan Turing in high school and college but either didn’t care enough to remember for long or have no recollection of his contributions. Sorry. Yet, his contributions essentially paved the way we exist today.
The Imitation Game was masterfully told, engrossing and disturbing. The director brilliantly explored the horrors of war along with the choices that doom mankind for all eternity while unraveling Turing’s story. Turing is one of the fallen heroes of our history and his story stands as one of the most tragic.
TV’s “Sherlock,” Benedict Cumberbatch continues to climb the ladder as one of the best actors working today. Though based on a real person, the talented Cumberbatch keep the viewers fixated on his performance. He captured the demons of Turing down to his bones. Unsure, arrogant, and dismissive to the world around him, and every once in a while, we get a front seat to his soul. Thank you Cumberbatch. This is why he deserved the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
The rest of the cast was also completely on their game. It was wonderful to see Keira Knightley on the screen again. This time as the feisty and fiery Joan Clark, she seemed comfortable, charming and perfect as I’ve ever seen her. She has all the things that make up an Oscar winner, including a scene that will bring you to tears and plenty others to offer comic relief.
The soundtrack was composed by Alexandre Desplat who has composed the fantastic scores for war dramas The Monuments Men and War Horse. This soundtrack is a bit warmer with long periods of strings. Desplat’s work compliments the film and it’s worth taking note of.
In my opinion, The Imitation Game is one of the best spy thrillers ever made and a realistic view at the spy game. Be warned, with the heartbreaking subplots you could find yourself in tears at the end.
The Imitation Game is a captivating achievement that I’ll likely remember for some time.