Biopics have been made through the years telling the stories of Kings (The Kings Speech), Queens (Elizabeth) and even presidents in many adaptations in that genre. Personally, biopics should be made about someone truly special, and made a big difference to the world that we currently live in. Alan Turing is by far, the greatest British man in history; and you would be a fool not to agree. Not only did he break the ‘unbreakable’ Nazi enigma code, he broke it, and won us the war. And if that wasn’t enough on his plate, the government also found out that he was a homosexual and threatened to either throw him in prison for two years or to be chemically castrated; remarkably, Turing accepted the latter just so he could continue his work. Unfortunately, Turing died a few years late due to chemical poisoning due to the castration.
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the remarkable Alan Turing delivers a compelling performance full of heart and courage. The Imitation Game is only Benedict Cumberbatch’s second leading role in a film after The Fifth Estate and he proves that he is more than worthy to be in a leading role for many films to come. Not only that, but he deserves an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Alan Turing. Benedict Cumberbatch outshines his supporting cast which is filled with the likes of Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong.
Screenwriter Graham Moore has to be applauded too; his superb script which combines and balances emotionally charged scenes with scenes worth having a giggle about; that is a very hard thing to do, especially when discussing a sensitive matter, even when they are portraying a national hero. The balance of the story is brilliant too, not only are we witnessing the re-enactment of the moments at Bletchley Park which Alan Turing was desperately building his super computer which was funded by the government, but we see flash backs of Turing as a school boy when he is discovering his sexuality and his torture of bullying from the other school pupils.
The Imitation Game is a biopic that all us Brits have been waiting for; a re-telling of an astonishing story of how we won the war, through coding; and not only did Alan Turing make us the country we are today, but he revolutionized technology forever. A superb film, in which I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Alan Turing; Benedict Cumberbatch pulls the strings of the film and delivers his career best performance. 4.5 out of 5 stars.