The rules are simple. The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.
Directed by Morten Tyldum
I see a lot of good movies at this time every year. It is easy to overlook the merits of a few because of the sheer number of bad-ass, fantastic works of art. The Imitation Game is one of those movies. It doesn’t even compare to most of the Oscar nominees for best picture. It’s a good enough story and Benedict Cumberbatch gives us a truly inspired performance but… The movie isn’t close to as good as Boyhood. And Benedict is good but Eddie Redmayne’s eyebrows in Theory of Everything are the sensation that wins the crown. The Imitation Game is good but not the best. But still very very good.
The Imitation game is about the grandfather of the modern computer Alan Turing. He was a homosexual but that was not his handicap. This movie can at times confuse his real handicap from this… his… nature. If there is one thing that truly annoyed me about The Imitation Game it is this.
In the Imitation Game, Alan Turing is a compassionate sociopath. I can relate because so am I. He has a hard time deciphering the code of human interaction. Not because he can’t. But because he doesn’t want to. Because he can’t make sense of why. And I can relate.
In The Imitation Game, Alan Turing is a genius who recognizes that without a puzzle in front of him, life can be somewhat maddening. So he volunteers to break the German code used to send troop movements and orders during WWII. He wants to win the war. Not because it will save lives but because he’s bored and likes puzzles.
In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch leads the way with a masterful portrayal of the great and clearly misunderstood Mr. Turing but there are other great performances. Charles Dance as his nemesis. Keira Knightley as his beard – fiancé – colleague, as well as the rest of a fine cast. Great performances all around.
In The Imitation Game, there are three congruent stories being told from three separate times in Alan’s life. When he was a school lad and first discovered his sexual proclivity, when he is an older man after the war and being investigated for homosexuality (a crime). And the main story-line that takes place during the war as he and his team try to crack the German Enigma code. It’s a good movie but I’ve seen a bunch of those lately. The Imitation Game wasn’t good enough to make me forget the others. I still see Birdman, Whiplash, Boyhood and The Theory of Everything when I close my eyes at night. I won’t remember The Imitation Game past this review. It’s a good film, it just came along at a time when we have some of the best examples of film-making that we’ve had in a long time in theaters right now..
The Imitation Game is a good movie in a year of great movies.