Film Review: The Imitation Game – the tale of a war hero who is buggered by the State

the_imitation_game-33306If a man whose work shortened the war by two years was destroyed by the state for being gay; who knows what they would have done back in the 1950s to Graham Norton for presenting insipid chat shows.

This World War II movie is a story of the relationship between eccentric mathematical genius, Alan Turing played annoyingly well by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his one true love Christopher, the machine that he created to crack the Nazi enigma codes at the top-secret Bletchley Park.

To break the monotony of frustrated ex-public schoolboys, an alluring Keira Knightley is introduced as a brilliant crossword solver, however it turns out that the gay Turing is not for turning. In a touching scene towards the end of the film, Turing declares his devotion to the whirring Christopher leaving Keira to seek a boffin elsewhere.

Fans of Cumberbatch will not be disappointed, although the stress of such a key role appears to given the heartthrob actor a rather irritating stutter. A better director than Morten Tyldum may have edited this out. However, this minor blemish aside, I’m confident that The Big Cumber has cornered the market in eccentric weirdoes and must be destined for the role of Dr Who and eventually leader of the Labour Party.

Of course, the film has a sad and disappointing ending. Quite why the casting team passed up the opportunity of teaming bungling detective Rory Kinnear with comedy partner Count Arthur Strong is completely beyond me.

Mariella Buss-Stop Mariella 


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