See my review from my movie review blog below:
Movie: The Imitation Game
PG-13, 1 hour 54 minutes
In a Nutshell: Two words: Benedict Cumberbatch
Endless are the movies about WWII that are thought-provoking, inspiring, heartbreaking, and touching. This is definitely one of them. I’m embarrassed to admit that I knew nothing of Alan Turing’s history before viewing this film. In fact, his story has been hidden for 50 years.
Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game" by Andrew Hodges, the movie is a fascinating character study of a British mathematical genius who broke the unbreakable German code during the war and who created the first computer. He was also a homosexual during a time when it was illegal. Especially engrossing is watching Cumberbatch’s multi-layered facial expressions that reveal impressive depth and deserve Oscar recognition.
· Alan’s childhood friend explained it well when he said “You know Alan, sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” - Christopher
Things I liked:
· I love movie titles that have double meaning.
· I thought the suspenseful music at the beginning set the tone well for the movie.
· The interview between Alan and Commander Denniston was hilarious.
· Keira Knightley is always mesmerizing to watch.
Things I didn’t like:
· It may be a little slow-moving for some, but I was intrigued the entire time.
· “You’re serious!” – Commander Denniston (Charles Dance)
“Would you prefer I made a joke?” – Alan
“I don’t think you know what those are.” - Commander Denniston
· “How the He** were you supposed to decrypt German communications if you don’t speak German?” – Commander Denniston
“Well, I’m really quite good at crossword puzzles.” – Alan
· “What is it about women with little hats?” – Hugh (Matthew Goode)
· “Even a broken clock is right twice a day. That’s not progress; that’s just blind luck.” – Alan
· “Well, this is inhuman, even for you.” – Hugh
· “Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, the act becomes hollow. I didn’t learn this on my own, of course. I had help.” – Alan
· “They only beat me up because I’m smarter than they are.” – Alan
“No, they beat you up because you are different.” - Christopher
· “Some people thought we were at war with Germany. Incorrect. We were at war with the clock.” – Alan
· “I’m a woman in a man’s job and I don’t have the luxury of being an a$$.” – Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley)
· “The interesting question is just because something thinks differently from you, does that mean it’s not thinking?” – Alan
· “Are you paying attention? Good. If you’re not listening carefully, you WILL miss things. Important things.” “What I will need from you now is a commitment. You will listen closely and you will not judge me until I am finished.” - Alan
Tips for Parents:
· Discussion of homosexuality, school bullying, smoking, actual war footage from WWII.
· The language is mostly clean and even eloquent.· It’s a bit slow-moving, so children may get bored.