Award Buzz: The Imitation Game


Starting off the award season I thought Eddie Redmayne was the leading man who is going to win every award but after seeing The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m not so sure.

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Staring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, directed by Morten Tyldum and Norwegian film director and screenplay by Graham Moore

Starting with a mastermind of a screenplay,  this film is told in an effortless and plain approach, and you know that after 10 minutes in this film if going be a masterpiece and 2 hours later as the credits roll you know you were right.  The excellent production design captures the time and place brilliantly.  Seeing Britain torn as shots of bombers cause havoc over London and submarines launching rockets, as well as the rubble scattered streets and house, this film was truly rich in detail.  The editing takes us from year to year without having us in a shamble.

Fundamentally, a film is as strong as it’s cast and this film had a powerful one. Benedict Cumberbatch is a genius, he brings real humanity to a tortured Turing, particularly near the end, are almost unbearably moving. Keira Knightley is his female counterpart in a smaller but pivotal roll, the lone woman breaker who as it turns out is better than the men. Supporting actors Charles Dance, Rory kinnear and Mark Strong all offered characters and performances that were crucially needed. Also, credit to the young man who played a teenage Turing, as it for him that we believe in the subsequent actions and performance of Cumberbatch.

Hardly ever is a film as well done as this, it’s truly a cinematic masterpiece.

Have you seen The Imitation Game, what did you think of it and the performances?





13 thoughts on “Award Buzz: The Imitation Game

  1. Ugh…it’s such a mediocrity. At least it’s superior to “The Theory of Everything”, which is even worse. “Boyhood”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, and especially “Under the Skin”, are far superior to either of those. ML


  2. Cumberbatch will win Best Actor. Not necessarily because this is his best performance, but because he is probably the greatest actor alive right now. Also, he plays a homosexual. The award academies live for actors playing gay characters. Look at Sean Penn in Milk, or Colin Firth in A Single Man. The Oscars can’t get enough! I’d be willing to put money down that Benedict wins this won.

    Also before we go running away calling this movie a masterpiece, I think we should look at the context. 2014 was a considerably weak year for movies. My personal opinion is that this movie is only acclaimed because there was no competition. You mentioned the stellar production design. I agree, it is good, but when I compare it with production design that blows my mind like Her or Great Gatsby, it doesn’t come close.

    In my opinion, The Imitation Game was a good movie. Its strongest element was its new perspective in a WWII movie. It was fascinating, but I found it slightly lacklustre and not deserving of its award hype at all. Don’t mean to be a debbie downer, but I found it nothing special.

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      • I think faults in movies are their most important part. Without them, we just end up with a bunch of movies we call “good.” I think often we are too nice to movies by letting them slip under the radar. It only natural for me to compare, but I did not mean to compare it to find its fault. I just used comparison examples to show that it did not impress me as much as other films have.

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  3. Actually, 2014 is considered a STRONG year for film…it’s just that most people watch middlebrow crap like “The Imitation Game”. Cumberbatch the best actor alive? Boy do you need to watch more movies. And Colin Firth did NOT win for “A Single Man”…and spare me the “I knew that, but…”. You made a point without research…and you were wrong. ML


    • MovieGeek says:

      No one claim Cumberbatch to be best actor alive, he gave an brilliant performance in The Imitation Game you can’t deny that, and he deserve the recognition and every nomination he has gotten.


  4. What are you talking about? “Rileyduck” has anointed Cumberbatch the “greatest actor alive”. I like Cumberbatch, and I like him fine in “The Imitation Game”. “Brilliant performance that I can’t deny”? Oh, I believe I can find some ways in which it’s not “brilliant”. So many of you speak only in platitudes. Calm down. ML


  5. I saw it the day after Christmas and was very impressed. I don’t know much about movies (which is where your blog helps!) and didn’t know what I was getting into. But wow, just wow. What a well-done film. I hope it gets some nods during the award season!


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