The Story of an Enigma – The Imitation Game Movie Review

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“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”  – The Imitation Game 

I had the privilege of seeing this movie tonight before it was officially released in the cinemas and I just could not wait to share my thoughts on this movie to the world. Don’t worry, I wont include any spoilers (I hate spoilers too!) but I will explain what I thought of the movie and express some views that the movie brought about (which includes some movie themes).

Before I start I want to explain what an enigma is. According to my good friend Google, an enigma is a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand. This word is often associated with enigma machines (as it is in the movie) but I believe (as I am sure the writers intended) it can also be used to describe people, more specifically certain characters of this movie.

Now, I have to be honest before I went to watch this movie tonight I wasn’t entirely sure what it was about. I vaguely remembered watching the trailer for it a few months back but it was not particularly clear at the time. Having seen the movie and watching the trailer again now I would not advise you to watch the trailer right before you see the movie. Despite going into the movie with very little knowledge of it, I understood everything perfectly and I think it made it even better. Trailers do tend to give away too much anyway, in my opinion. 

So, why did I decide to go to this movie despite having no knowledge of it, you ask. Well, to be honest, my main (and probably only real) reason for being interested in this movie (other than being a movie lover) is that two of my absolute top 5 favourite actors/actresses was in it: Keira Knightley (who I have always loved and admired) and Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a recent but very high up member of my admiration list. From his performances in Sherlock (the TV series which I HIGHLY recommend), Star Trek (best villain ever), and even the Hobbit (yes, he was the best dragon voice I have ever heard), I knew that the movie would be good even if it was just because of his acting. You would not believe how wrong I was. No, his acting was not good, it was freaking incredible. It is no wonder that so many people are predicting Benedict to be nominated for an Oscar, he definitely deserves it. Some may argue that the characters he plays are quite similar but still, he plays Alan Turing so incredibly well. He portrays his personality so well but not too exaggerated. At the same time he acts the emotional scenes in such a way that they seem so realistic. They aren’t overly sad or too fake but they fit the character very well. Other than Benedict and Keira, I loved all the actors and their acting skills. Definitely props to the casting team for this one!

If I am going to be completely honest, the plot was not unpredictable. There weren’t really many twists or “woah I didn’t see that coming” moments but I though that was fine. In fact it seemed a lot more real and true this way, after all it is based on a true story and I assume that most people know that WWII did end eventually (sorry, spoiler alert!). But, as I was saying, I felt the plot and the overall tempo fit the story well. It didn’t need shocking moments or crazy plot twists, it was simply good.

 If you do not want to know anything regarding the content of this movie, skip this one paragraph (but remember to come back and read it after you have seen the movie)!!!! One other aspect that I really loved about this movie was that despite the story line regarding the war it also touched upon many serious issues, especially ones that were more strongly ongoing in that time. For example the role of women and how stereotypes prevented them from pursuing the lives they wanted to lead or becoming a certain type of person. Also the way homosexuality was looked down upon back in the day is a topic that is deeply embedded into the plot. Although they were not the main focus of the movie, the little references really made you think about how the situation was and how crazy it was. Other than these topics, it also briefly covered bullying (which I believe is an extremely serious issue) and violence. There is an interesting point Alan makes about violence and how humans like violence because of the satisfaction it brings to people. He then explains that if you just take away the satisfaction i.e. your suffering and reaction, they get bored and go away. I thought this was a very interesting way of looking at violence. Of course the theme of friendship and love played a strong role in the movie too which I always really enjoy. Especially when friendships are unexpected and realistic. 

Before you start imagining this movie to be a very serious and deep movie, I have to admit it really isn’t. Yes, it has emotional moments. Yes, it covers many serious topics. But I found it to be pretty funny (and no, I was not the only one laughing). I mean it wasn’t James Franco funny, but it was very witty. The smallest and subtlest lines could make the whole audience crack up and it made the movie that little bit lighter and more entertaining.  

Lastly, the trailer already shows my favourite (probably soon to be overused) quote from the movie which I included at the top of this post. But since I love it so much, here it is again:

“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

I really love this quote because it kinda represents the core of this movie and the definition of an enigma. When something or someone is different we tend to dislike it. People always say we are afraid of those we do not understand and I think this is very true. Not only are people afraid of unknown and different things but they tend to underestimate and have little belief in them. It is a good reminder that you should not underestimate anyone you ever come across, especially if they are different because you never know who anyone can become and what they could do with their lives.

So, in short, as soon as it comes out in a cinema near you, WATCH THE IMITATION GAME. You will not regret it! Also, you get to discover some top secret government stories that were only revealed a year ago. It really is crazy to think that the movie is based on a true story. I hope you enjoy it and make sure you let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you so feel free to contact me on:

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