Feeds Recommends: The Imitation Game

A controversial, brilliant, and engaging film on Alan Turing, a mathematician who believed in machine intelligence in the early 1900s, is what the movie “The Imitation Game” is all about. Loosely based on his biography written by Andrew Hughes, the film dramatizes certain aspects, making it controversial over a few historical facts.

The film justifies his contributions towards World War II and makes us question many things that he went through. A guy who was behind the success of cracking the Enigma – a code used by Nazis to pass information among themselves during World War II met a tragic fate just because he was gay.

Benedict Cumberbatch played his role beautifully, certainly highlighting the eccentric and outlandish behavior of Alan Turing.

His interactions with all the characters in the film highlight his innocent nature and weird attitude. Though a few cringe-worthy dialogues make you roll your eyes, it certainly paints a picture of what Alan might have been like.

His past filled with bullying and unrequited love makes him more human than he seems. Under the mask of indifference was a man who longed for affection and happiness. 

Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley, justifies her role as the only woman in his team. Her conversations about her parents with Alan(Cumberbatch) portrays how “indecorous”(if you know you know) it was for a woman in the 1930’s to work alongside men.

Denniston, the Commander who recruited Alan, was portrayed as the “baddie” in the movie, though his family in real life certainly questions it, claiming it to be a mere dramatization.

Moving on to other aspects, the film alternated between various periods, yet you will be surprised because it isn’t confusing. The mere portrayal of how things worked in the 1930s, let alone the costume, is brilliant and praiseworthy.

The simplicity of the machine he built portrayed, though, does not satisfy the brains behind it. It is a mere personal opinion that the movie does not justify his biography but certainly helps us understand one of the world’s prodigies.

Having received more than a dozen awards for best writing, screenplay, and in various other fields, it became a box office hit. It has received rave reviews from critics and the general audience alike.

The film succeeded in more than one way by supporting women’s empowerment and LGBTQ rights and is considered instrumental in letting the public know about irrational laws that allowed the prosecution of homosexuals in 1930s Britain.

Alan’s tragic fate allows me to conclude that not everything that exists is right just because we think it is, and our future self may disagree with how we are today.

A math prodigy, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and biologist in the making was Alan Turing. His work was estimated to have reduced the war period by two years and has been instrumental in saving more than 14 million lives in Britain.

If you wish to learn more about his personal and professional life, consider reading his biography “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hughes.

You will be surprised by how beautiful, authoritative, representative, and sympathetic the writing is. 

Thus, the last week of Feeds Recommends brings you the film “ The Imitation Game” and the book it was based on.

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Sruthi P

Trying to find the purpose of my existence for 18 years. Let me know if you find it :)

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