The Imitation Game: Review

I am very late to the party on this one, but I cannot resist sharing because I loved this movie.  The Imitation Game was released in 2014, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech.  Based primarily on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma, it depicts mathematician Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) and his team of geniuses as they try to crack the Nazi Enigma Code during World War II.

Without giving spoilers, I can tell you there were a few general things I loved about this movie.  First of all, Cumberbatch does an impeccable job of portraying a socially inept genius.  His depiction is frustrating and yet stirs sympathy.  As the story unfolds, you want him to succeed even though sometimes he does maddening things!

Secondly, I loved Keira Knightly as the female genius on the team.  True to her time, there was a concern over what was "decorous," but she brings warmth to counter-balance the aloofness of Cumberbatch.  A bit of an odd duck herself, she "makes people like her."  I enjoyed seeing a truly feminine take on a mathematical genius!

Thirdly, Matthew Goode is perfectly beautiful and the combination of him and Allen Leech (who starred side by side on Downton Abbey as well, playing Henry Talbot and Tom Branson, respectively) brought a light bit of light-heartedness to an overall heavy theme.

While we clearly all know how World War II ended, few probably know about the Enigma Code or the efforts the Allied Forces to break it.  Furthermore, many people probably do not realize how early this code was broken, or the strategic tactics that were taken in order to avoid the Germans discovering that their code had been cracked.

The movie has a jubilant moment near the end, when the war is over and the group celebrates together one last time before parting ways.  However, the final ending for Alan Turing ended the movie on a very sad note, a reflection of the times and the struggle of a genius.

This movie was fascinating.  Even to someone who had some background knowledge about the history, I loved seeing the story come to life.