Movie Review: “The Imitation Game”

The Imitation Game movie poster

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this excellent movie. Go see it.

I also got a kick out of it because I teach a college level computer applications course. I wanted to see how the first “computers” were created and used. I don’t know if I got any closer to the nuts and bolts of that history, but I sure did enjoy watching them create their computer machine.

POINTS: This is an espionage movie about those fighting back home and trying to figure out the moves of the enemy rather than those doing “heroics” in the field. Since the story of Alan Turing and cracking the Nazi Enigma code has just recently been brought to light, I also enjoyed the history lesson.

PITFALLS: Now this is just me but I wanted more about the computing machine. *giggle* This is not a fair criticism as hey, I wanted that knowledge for professional purposes. (I think I had better search for some documents and documentaries.) I also learned that Turing was not difficult to get along with and his colleagues liked him. Too bad they couldn’t show that. I think the movie would have worked – maybe even better.

FEMALE CHARACTER(S): I thoroughly enjoyed Joan Clarke well played by Keira Knightley. Her plight in being a brilliant mathematician on the ’40s was well done and it made you like and understand Turing even more when he supported her.

CULTURAL PITFALL(S): This is a slice of life and history with espionage in the 1940s in England. Alas, there aren’t many PoC or women working in high ranking positions so we don’t see them.

For a bit of history, check out these links:

HIGH POINT(S): Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly were so wonderful together. I would love to see them together again, working at like minded colleagues. Frankly the whole movie was quite good. And let’s face it, Cumberbatch has the reputation of being a brilliant actor because he is. Enjoy his performance and well done sir.

BECHDEL TEST (Website): 3 of 3. I found it interesting that when the women and the men began to share their work experiences, they got closer to cracking the code.

RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 0 of 3. Alas, this era was not so great for PoC. Or if there were PoC working with Turing they are not represented in this movie.

IMDB: The Imitation Game (2014)





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