There are some extremely funny moments in this film. The audience laughed their heads off during the scene where Turing has his job interview at Bletchley and there was even a scene between Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Strong towards the end of the film that actually got a small round of applause. I should probably point out that Brits hardly ever clap during movies. But the script was my main issue with the film and the reason why I wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. I'll admit that I don't know a huge amount about the Enigma code breaking but there were a lot of scenes in this film that felt very Hollywood to me and by that I mean "over-dramatic and fake". That really bothered me. Maybe I'm wrong! Maybe The Imitation Game is actually incredibly historically accurate but I very much doubt it. And I was nowhere near as moved by this film as I had expected - and wanted - to be. Alan Turing famously committed suicide after he was publicly shamed as a homosexual and was forced to undergo chemical castration, but the film never really allows us to see the pain and heartbreak that he must have gone through in the final few months of his life. There's a lovely scene between Benedict Cumberbatch's Turing and Keira Knightley's character Joan Allen towards the end of the film but it wasn't enough.
So, yeah, that's my take on the film! I know it's not in any huge depth but then I did only see it once and it isn't a film that I either loved or hated. I can usually write a lot for those kinds of films!
Film Certificate Rating: 12