“I cannot judge you”
Calling it poetic would not do it justice, although after we sat through the premiere of The Imitation Game at the 11th Dubai International Film Festival being held at the Madinat Jumeirah on Nov 16, my colleague and I agreed that the film had all the elements of romance, depth, gravity and humanity that poems usually have.
The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing [played by the fetching Benedict Cumberbatch], the man who created the world’s first computer and played a key role in breaking Enigma -a Nazi coding machine during World War II.
Cumberbatch’s depiction of Turing will turn the most prejudiced minds to develop well-meaning compassion for the man. Truly spectacular [If you loved him in Sherlock, carry a pack of tissues]
With truly touching performances by Mathew Goode, Keira Knightley and of course, Cumberbatch, the characters are intricately portrayed. Our favorite aspect of the film was its honest acknowledgment of a host of diverse issues – judgement, stereotypes, feminists, discrimination, erratic genius and of course, gender roles.
The tempo of the film riding you like a wave, the storyline develops in beautiful narrative parallels. After watching Turing’s true story on film, we dare you.. We dare you to judge him.
As far as the film goes, the B-Change judgement is a stellar 9.5/10.
It is truly shocking that a man like this does not have a statue in every corner of every country. For as my colleague whispered to me during the movie, “What he’s making…we now carry in our pockets.”