The Imitation Game Review

Preface

  • Ya know, when I was watching this thinking of the code-cracking part like an episode of Sherlock.
  • THEN I realized the tie between both: they both take place in England

Cast and Characters

  • Benedict Cumberbatch leads the cast in this one, which continues to show the crazy amount of talent that Benedict Cumberbatch truly possesses.
  • He’s probably gonna get an Oscar nomination for this one, and he worked for it.
  • Cumberbatch isn’t just the snarky genius in this one, or the supernatural being, both of which people have grouped him into recently.
  • He plays this troubled genius type of man, who’s constantly conflicted throughout the film.
  • And that conflict is really well-done, more on that later.
  • But literally every character in this movie has the best chemistry possible with other characters.
    • There’s this one scene where characters are in a bar and one goes over to hit-on another, and I was thinking to myself, “this is exactly how people would actually act in this kind of situation.”
  • All of the chemistry was great, and Cumberbatch’s Turing was fantastic.
    • After Lou Bloom and Amy Dunne, he’s probably my favorite movie character from 2014.

Conflict/Direction

  • The direction of this movie was done really well in how it portrayed conflict.
  • Conflict was an apparent part of Alan Turing’s life, and it was brought to life in The Imitation Game.
  • Each scene felt like a new conflict had to be resolved, however easy or hard that conflict may be.
  • Oh and also, the code-cracking in this movie was superb.

Flaws

  • I do have one flaw with the movie.
  • Sometimes the science was used a little bit too much, and you needed to take an extra minute to figure something out.
    • The Theory of Everything and Interstellar made the science really accessible to you, but The Imitation Game did make it a little harder to catch up, despite being really smart.

In Conclusion

  • In conclusion, Benedict Cumberbatch completely stole this movie with his portrayal of Alan Turing.
  • But the script was also great, I loved the portrayal of conflict in the movie.
  • I like that the movie felt smart without ever making you feel dumb.
    • Though there are a couple points where you need to mentally catch up.
  • This was a short review because there isn’t much more I can critique the movie on.
  • The Imitation Game was emotional and a really beautiful story that I’m glad I got to see and am happy is getting plenty of recognition this award season.

4.5/5

  • I don’t know if this would have been on my Top 10 of 2014, but it is no doubt one of the honorable mentions for number 10!

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So guys, those are my thoughts on The Imitation Game! Have you all seen this movie? I know its theater schedule has been very weird… But if you have seen it: let me know down below, and as always, thanks for reading guys.

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