Film Reviews: The Imitation Game

I am an absolute sucker for biographical books and films, so hearing that this film was being made left me feeling incredibly excited. Let me tell you I was in no way disappointed when I went to see The Imitation Game in the cinema, in fact I left the theater feeling incredibly inspired to achieve more. Not only does this film have what I consider the perfect casting, but I also feel that the soundtrack fitted the themes perfectly.

The Imitation Game is a biographical film about Alan Turing’s struggle with his sexuality alongside his incredible intellect that made him somewhat isolated from his peers. However the big story involves Alan Turing and a group of people working on breaking the ciphers created by the Enigma machine (the machine Nazi’s used to communicate during the second world war). The film is about the breakthrough Alan Turing had when creating a machine to decipher the Nazi codes – with out that machine we probably wouldn’t have computers the way we know them today.
As this is based on a true story I can’t fault the plot, but I can talk about the delivery of said plot. I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with the delivery of the story from all aspects, but particularly acting. As stated above I feel that this film was perfectly cast, every actor was truly passionate about telling this incredible mans story and that really showed as they clearly all did a lot of research in to their characters and I don’t feel that there was a single bad performance – even from the kids.
Now I haven’t seen very much of Morten Tyldum’s work, but I think I will definitely be checking it out after watching this because the director did a fantastic job of recreating a horrible period of time in history to show both the positive and negative sides of it. This is a really unique film about the was in the sense that we don’t actually see any war, but focus on the intellectuals attempting to stop the war from behind closed doors whilst dealing with the emotional pain of losing many soldiers. If nothing else it’s just an incredibly touching story about an incredibly intelligent man attempting to live with secrets.
One of my favourite lines from the whole film is “Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” This quote is incredibly important because it is saying that even if people are telling you that you can’t do something you should try it anyway and you are very likely to prove them wrong. This is the line that made me feel motivated after seeing the film and whenever I am feeling low about not succeeding I remember this quote.
Although the cinematography isn’t particularly special it is clever in the sense that when they are struggling to decipher codes there is little camera movement, but when Alan Turing has a revelation there is lots of camera movement. It really shows off exactly what they would be experiencing which is good.
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Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 23 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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