As I stated in my Top 25 Films of the Year list (here), The Imitation Game is miraculous. The true story itself is a little known tale, but wow, it is quite an extraordinary one. As it is with all fact based films, there's always the worry that the film may disrespect the true story, or that it may not quite follow through with all the facts. From as far as I could tell, The Imitation Game does the true story justice. No, it does more than that. This film is two hours of respect towards a war hero that goes unheard of by most. It's a film that appreciates what Turing did for the world, and this shows. It doesn't show him as a flawless man, as he wasn't, but it does look up to him, in the most anti-biased way possible of course.
His performance may top the film, but Keira Knightley doesn't deserve to go unmentioned either. Cumberbatch gives one of his best, if not the best performance to date, and as does Knightley. I do hear that she's amazing in her Oscar nominated role in Pride & Prejudice, but since I have not seen it, The Imitation Game slots in among her finest. Her performance is just so brilliant and fluent, giving every line the dedication needed to truly make the scene feel alive.
Interesting, sure, but they do go on for just a little too long. For the majority of them, they're fine. There didn't seem to be one unnecessary scene, or one that appeared to drag. Then we loose the childhood flashbacks for a while, making them appear to be over. With about fifteen minutes left in the movie, we're given one more. While the scene itself is rather upsetting and unexpected, it just came in at the wrong time. It didn't belong in the moment it was in. It felt off and it interrupted the pacing just a bit, but hey, if that's my only complaint then you could say I'm incredibly pleased with the movie at hand.