Thanks again to Getter of Mettel Ray for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by DJ Valentine of Simplistic Reviews and we will be reviewing our favorite Reluctant Hero Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice DJ!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – Twice (11 Jan 2015 and 30 Apr 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A mathematics professor is enlisted by the British Government during World War II in order to help try and find a way to decipher the German code known as Enigma.
My Take on it – This is one of the first films that I thought of watching and reviewing after Getter chose this genre for this month.
They do a great job here telling a very important story that is two-fold since it shows the tension that people felt during the war and also how this kind of work affected those working on the code breaking aspects of the intelligence branch of the military.
Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing in the lead role and helps make us understand his character and why he felt so alone in the world.
The choice to have the story jump around a bit in time helps show the larger repercussions on Turing’s life both before and after the war due to his homosexuality.
Love how this film shows us the way that puzzles and cryptography were so integral to paving the way for computers and we get to see how important these new technologies were towards the war effort.
Keira Knightley is superb in a strong supporting role that allows us to see how women were looked upon at that time.
Having both her character and the lead character show how much they were needed for the code breaking allows us to see some of the small steps taken at the time to advance the roles of women and gays in order to begin breaking down walls.
Bottom Line – Great story that works really well in showing the tension of the war and how it affected even those working on code breaking. Cumberbatch is superb in the lead role here and really makes us understand his character and his feelings of loneliness in the world. The way that the story moves back and forth in time works well in order to bookend this kind of story that had larger repercussions due to the fact that Turing himself was a homosexual. They do a wonderful job showing how cryptography and puzzles were the basis for eventually the invention of computers and this allows us to see how integral this new kind of technology was for the war effort. Knightley is also great in a supporting role that shows how women were treated at the time and how her character was able to try and break the mold due to her being an important part of the team of cryptographers working on this project which shows the early steps of how both women and homosexuals were able to make small changes in how the world looked at minorities at the time. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alan Turing runs in various scenes. It’s never mentioned in the movie, but he was a world-class distance runner. In 1946 he ran a marathon in 2:46:03. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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