Genre Guesstimation – The Imitation Game (2014)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she chose British Thrillers as the Genre for January

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of British Thriller movies…

imitation game“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine” – Joan Clarke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The true story of a British mathematician who helped win the war for the allies with his expertise in code-breaking.

My Take on it – This is yet another award contending movie that I’ve been hoping to see for a while.

I’m truly glad my personal expectations and hype didn’t ruin this movie for me.

I was immediately sucked into the wartime feel of the movie and being that I know a tiny bit about Professors and research, I was able to identify with the main character and his inability to properly connect with the world around him. Benedict Cumberbatch does a great “impression” of a few people I know who are similar to Alan Turing.

I personally knew nothing about this before seeing the movie, so I was very pleasantly surprised by the storyline and plot and the way it captures the viewer.

My one minor criticism here is that although I understand why certain “social issues” were introduced into the storyline, I felt that they were done more to politicize the story than the help advance or explain the storyline.  I’d explain this feeling better, but since I don’t want to lead to any kind of “spoiler”, I should probably stop here.

Bottom Line – Excellent telling of this important story that most of us (probably) knew nothing about. Cumberbatch does a great job as the “spacey” professor whose mind works on a different wavelength than everyone else.  I understand why it was done, but the social issues brought up seemed a bit too politicized instead of helping with the story. Highly recommended!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely YES.  This was such a great movie that works on so many levels and is now one of my favorites in this genre of British Thrillers.

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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20 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Imitation Game (2014)

  1. This was a pretty interesting watch. It did have some developmental issues as the last few scenes were really pretty hurried and I don’t know what’s up with the end-credits bit. That part could have been done better. I thought so anyway. But none of these issues detracted terribly from my experience. Cumberbatch, Knightley and Matthew Goode are excellent here. Really enjoyed the awkward camaraderie that eventually developed at Bletchley

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  6. Nice review, Rob! I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I went into it almost entirely because of Benedict Cumberbatch, but the whole film was really great. I can understand your qualms with the issue brought up here, but I just took it in stride–it’s a story about Turing’s life, and that was clearly an important part of it. I kind of admire that they didn’t shy away from it, yet they didn’t let it steal the show either. I don’t think this will be his year, but I figure it’s only a matter of time before Cumberbatch gets that Oscar…

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