Dr Desert Flower and I went and saw The Imitation Game last night at our favorite local theater, and it was a really good movie. I'd wanted to see the film after reading several cryptography books and novels where Alan Turing is often a central character, if not repeatedly mentioned as the father of modern computer science. I was not disappointed.
38 year old Benedict Cumerbatch played Alan Turing extremely well, with a range of emotion and affect, delivery and neurosis, fully embracing the quirky genius. I will be quite surprised if Cumberbatch does not win Golden Globe awards and Oscar nominations. Whenever Cumberbatch spoke in a very low voice, slowly, recollections of Smaug inevitably entered my linguistics centric mind, but luckily the scenes were so fluid and changed so often, that the tone was never Smaug-like for more than a few seconds. I still think Ricardo Montalban played a much better Khan than Cumberbatch did in the recent Star Trek incarnation.
Director Morten Tyldum did a wonderful job of weaving the school boy, post-Cambridge, adult, and post-WWII Turings into a beautiful mosaic that held the audience's attention. Though we saw it on a Tuesday night, the theater was actually packed, surprisingly.
I would have liked to have seen More focus placed upon Turing and what his team did after breaking the Enigma code in 1943, and how they selected and parsed out information to MI6 so that statistically, the Nazis would not notice that the code had been broken… but the film glossed over that part and had it covered it more, there might have been a Nolan-esque 3 hour movie.
If you've not seen it, it's worth going to the theater (and not waiting for Netflix or Amazon) to see. I think you'll like it as well (and if you don't, or you didn't like Alan Turing's work, his personality, his scientific work, or the person he was… then, well… you probably can't be my friend).
1 year ago