Film Review: The Imitation Game


Title: The Imitation Game
Year: 2014
Director: Morten Tyldum
Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley


Cumberbatch portrayed a celebrated British mathematician Alan Turing, who in his way of inventing a computer also helped the allies to cracked the enigma code.

I love Benedict Cumberbatch. I believe he is not only extremely good looking, and incredibly posh, he also has a voice that can make me blush and gush (come on, say “Flibbertigibbet” again). But those are not the reasons why he’s a good actor. I believe that he is really into a character, that he becomes “it”.

Unfortunately, the same reason that makes him great, has also become his downfall. In this imitation game, all I could think of is Sherlock Holmes, but in a different era, and with different hairstyle. I can’t overlook the similarity between the fictional character, and the portrayal of a real person. Was he to “Sherlock” to be Alan Turing? Or Alan Turing is actually shared a similar personality with Sherlock?

Apart from that one little thing that bugged me, I really enjoyed watching this film. I am not particularly happy with the plot time lining, I think it could end up confusing for some audience. But it was wonderfully written, it delivered not only the story, but also the message it was trying to send.

I like Kiera Knightley in this film. She is not one of my favourite actresses of all time. The last film that I think she was good at was when she was kicking balls in Bend it Like Beckham. But in this film she looks grown up, not only as a character but also as an actress. There’s a maturity in her solid performance in this film, which made her acting believable.

This is the kind of film I would like to watch with my family. This is the kind of film I want my children (if I had any) to watch. Not only it has a historical content in it, it also delivers a strong moral message for an issue that should be introduced to children since they’re young. All, without reducing the entertainment value of this film. I would be more than happy to rate this film 10 out of 10 if it’s not because of the timeline and Sherlock thingy, so I should settle this down to 8,5 out of 10.



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