Well guys, it happened. I finally found a Benedict Cumberbatch movie that I don’t totally hate.
It’s hard for me to admit, considering his brooding, loner, tortured genius characters are typically so obnoxious, but in this case, he made an incredibly convincing Alan Turing.
The 2014 film, directed by Morten Tyldum, is based on the true story of Alan Turing and his team of code-breakers, who took on the Nazi code Enigma during World War II. Cumberbatch plays opposite Keira Knightly, who embodies young mathematician Joan Clarke.
Movie Review ★★★
The film is well written and well-performed. The subject matter is engaging and educational, and the twists consistently surprising. It manages to deal with themes of gender and sexuality gracefully while still being true to the time period. Simultaneously uplifting and heart-wrenching, The Imitation Game is certainly worth the watch, especially now that it’s on Netflix.
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