You know that feeling when you start to like an actor you’ve been hating on for years?
I fucking do. (Ed: Yes, you fucking do.)
Yes, over a year I spent trashing Benedict Cumberbatch every chance I got, but it just had to stop once I saw his stunning turn in The Imitation Game. The Sherlock star plays Alan Turing, a mathematician hired to crack the Enigma code, which the Germans used in radio transmissions during World War 2, and end the war. Turing is difficult to work with, and quite infuriating at times, but he’s their best shot at success.
Most importantly, this film gives Alan Turing the justice he deserves; Turing was pardoned The Imitation Game by the Queen in 2013, but that’s just bullshit really. We all know he deserves a much higher honour, and if it won’t be given to him officially, this film does an excellent job of cementing his legacy. Young generations (Myself included) now know who Turing is, they know how important he is, how wrongly he was treated, and how grateful we should be that he existed. An extraordinary man, and now thankfully one who will never be forgotten.
Overall, The Imitation Game didn’t exactly go on to major glory, but it’s an astonishing film no less. It’s as entertaining as it is informative, and will leave you reeling with its stunning cast. If you only buy one film this week, make sure it’s this one. You won’t regret it.
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The Imitation Game is out on DVD now