Every year, the Christmas season is met with a massive release of movies. The majority are nominated for Golden Globes and considered for Oscars. The shining star among them is the biopic of English codebreaker, Alan Turing.
The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is a riveting story with a complete balance of truth, amazement and classic english humour. As the story explores Turing’s professional and personal life, you develop a more intimate connection with the character whose story is revolutionary.
In an age where homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain, you feel a sense of pity but appreciation of Turing; the extensively confident individual whose poor social abilities go all the way back to when he was a child.
The movie begins with Cumberbatch mysteriously sitting in an interrogation room. When you hear his voice, you can presume that he’s talking to the interrogator, but what he says directly addresses the audience. He tells you that you must pay close attention because he will not repeat anything again. These demands immediately grab your attention and hold it for the length of the well-balanced film.
You soon realize that it starts in the future, and then you’re taken back to the past, before the World War II, without knowing the reason that he’s there. And thus your attention is captured for the film, the reason for his interrogation gently revealed later in the film.
The performance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing stands true to the character. Cumberbatch manages to catch Turing’s air of confidence as well as his social impediments, including a stutter.
Also, the movie allows room for montages and situations that do a good job of encompassing the situation of London, England at the time of WWII.
Overall, the movie’s capability to grab your attention and present you with credible situations and performances made it a significant film in this year’s round of potential Oscar winners.