After watching this film at the beginning of the year, I was completely astounded on how incredible it was! My only regret was not viewing it sooner (it was released in 2014 in US and 2015 in Oz). Clearly slightly a bit behind times. And my other? How long it took me to actually sit down and write the review! I wanted to do it justice, leading to the inevitable prolonged delay. Yet we finally made it now.
Cast & Crew
This star-studded cast needs no intro from me. If you haven’t heard of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode- you’re more behind the times than me! Clearly their fame comes down to how incredibly humble and talented they all are and ever so polite and eloquent in interviews 😉 Especially Benedict!
(*This is where I got the recommendation to check out The Sherlockian novel- best book I’ve read all year!) And since he is so renowned for playing Sherlock, there are some similarities between Alan and Sherlock. Both intellectually minded and the smartest person in every room. Wry laughs with smart sense of humour. Only difference is that Alan is more vulnerable than Sherlock.
The mastermind behind the story
It doesn’t matter how good the actors are if the script doesn’t match up. That was the downfall of Pawn Sacrifice (similar line of movie but about chess). But in The Imitation Game, the script was absolutely spectacular with quirky sarcastic humour one liners 😉
Thanks to the brainchild of Graham Moore who just so happens to be the author of The Sherlockian. Which interestingly borderlines the story line of the BBC The Abominable Christmas special. Book was released in 2010, years before the ep. To my surprise Graham Moore is actually really young, a Millennial 😉 If he’s writing so well right now, imagine how he will write in 10 years time!
The film story
If you’re a fan of cryptography, Sherlock Holmes, mysteries and films that make you think (there is no better kind) – this is for you 😉
Back in WWWII, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch)- self-described as a mathematician, one of the best in the world joins Bletchley. For one simple reason- to solve Enigma. Teamed with men that he claims that will only slow him down, he ends up enlisting Joan (Keira Knightley) to help him build his machine ‘Christopher’. To beat one machine with another.
‘Provocative. Emotionally compelling. Interweaved with sarcasm and humour’. 😉
As for my personal favourite scenes & quotes?
You need me more than I need you
Now that is one way to ace an interview 😉 ❤ how he says, ‘Good. Let me try and then we’ll know for sure’.
❤ how Alan goes in a school boy sing song voice- ‘I’m hungry!’
Will you marry me?
Ah, the art of acting with the eyes 😉 There is no end to their talents!
The opening scene with the bobbies =D
Reminiscent of Sherlock anyone?
And of course the mantra of the year 😉
The Sherlockian novel
Well as you know, it does bear some close resemblance to the Xmas special.
But what makes the book so good is that it’s 2 mysteries in one. Travelling back and forth from Arthur Conan Doyle’s day in the time period where he killed Sherlock and to 2010- the Sherlockians solving a present day mystery murder. Without giving too much away, both stories are interlinked while both are solving mysteries. Death of brides for Doyle. Murdered Sherlockian for Harold.
Page turner to the very end! And Moore’s prose is so worthy to be compared to the likeness of Doyle.
Witty one liner openings and impeccably timed comedy!
Favourite quotes? Mainly from Doyle’s time 😉
How blunt Doyle is- ‘I’m going to kill him [Holmes]’.
So there you have it- Sherlock and The Imitation Game in its finest pairing.