The Imitation Game

Name: The Imitation Game
Year: 2014
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 114
Description: Based on the real-life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during the darkest days of World War II.
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Genres: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Oh, my goodness. I don’t even know where to start.

Okay, I’ll start where one should start. The music. After the obligatory logos had passed, the score immediately started out with glorious piano notes. Alexandre Desplat clearly wanted only one thing: to tell us a story. And oh, did he succeed. This was one of those rare films that I would have loved even if it had been horrible because of the excellent music. But at that time, the truly spectacular main theme hadn’t even announced itself yet. The rest of the score was slightly more subtle, but I’ll probably remember this one forever. I always thought Desplat overuses the piano, but from now on I’ll shelve that objection.

The film itself is also fantastic. It was nice to finally hear what Cumberbatch really sounds like as I’m only familiar with him impersonating Smaug in The Hobbit. And saying that Keira Knightley was brilliant would be stating the obvious.

Great film. Not long, but it doesn’t have to be to tell its moving story.


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