The Imitation Game Review

imitationgame_w300GRADE: A-

RATED: PG-13 (some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking)



The Imitation Game is one of the best films I have seen this year. The film does an excellent job of telling the story of the people who cracked the Enigma Code. For those who don’t know, the Enigma Code was a seemingly indecipherable code devised by the Nazis to communicate about upcoming attacks.The film features outstanding performances, especially from Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Cumberbatch’s performance is one of the best (and possibly THE best) performances from a male lead this year. I was able to tell if his character was lying or his mood simply by looking in his eyes. Many performances fail to capture the character’s emotions on a deeper level, most only show emotion for what’s being said, if that makes sense. Keira Knightley’s performance was also like this, and due to performances that strong, the film succeeds. The rest of the cast also delivered, consisting of Allen Leach, Matthew Goode and many others. The film was also driven by strong writing. The script does an outstanding job of connecting the audience to the characters as well as the task at hand. The dialogue worked, the relationships were believable and I always felt like cracking Enigma was the number one thing to do while watching it. The film, while spectacular also has its flaws. While minor the film had three different decades being followed and it would cycle between them at random times. That might not seem like much of an issue, but when switching from cracking Enigma to several years later, it was difficult to understand which time was being watched. In one scene in particular, I found myself very confused until I figured out which part of the story was being watched. This flaw caused my comprehension to stumble, but only for a moment. The Imitation Game is definitely a film that should be seen, especially by those who are unfamiliar with the story or just want to watch some of the year’s best performances. The film is now in nationwide release and has been since Christmas.

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