Monday, May 11, 2015

Movie Review ~ Imitation Game

Man I haven't done a movie review in like FOREVER... mainly b/c I haven't watched a movie in forever. Anyway on today's Monday movie I wanted to review the 

The Imitation Game 
Released: November (2014)
Benedict Cumberbatch,
Keira Knightly,
Matthew William Goode,
Mark Strong
Allen Leech.

  1. In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing's team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.

Let me start by saying I went into this movie expecting a drama and a slow moving pace. I did not under any circumstances expect to be time hopped around through Alan Turing's life from "present day 1952" back to "1939" and so forth so for a few minutes it took me a minute to catch on. Add to all that my counseling side kept kicking in going dang yo he's autistic and wow he could use some ABA therapy and oh poor boy if only, kind of thinking so I had to shut that thinking down. Then I started it on a Sunday night at like 10 pm which in all actuality wouldn't be bad except it's like a 2 hour movie that is a drama so it is a slow movie.

Now that all the negative is out of the way. I can say this. It is a beautifully done movie about a misunderstood man who did nothing but save a country who was born at the wrong time to be understood and yet born at the right time to end a war. The movie was so brilliant I had to go and buy the dang book it is based on simply because I had to know more about this man and his thinking process. I wanted to know more about Mr. Turing and how he made sense of his world. I felt for him and I can only say it was because of Mr. Cumberbatch's acting because honestly (and I work with a lot of autistic kids that may or may not act like Mr. Turing, b/c we do not know that he was autistic) and they are difficult even in their easiest of moments. My heart broke with his, I sympathized with his lack of understanding at social etiquette and I just wanted him to make friends so much. I was excited when it worked and I leaped for joy when it finally did. I even wanted him to succeed even further and I wish the movie could have gone further and shown his work for the US and even more so (yes I am reading the book) but alas it was only to show his work with classified information during that particular time. But I am glad that they were able to show even that small amount.

I highly recommend this movie if you haven't seen it. It was a movie I was hesitant to watch simply based on the fact of it being a period piece and a drama but I am glad that I did.

Final grade: B
Will I re-watch: No I don't re-watch a lot of dramas
Would I recommend: yes

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