Biopics appear to be extremely popular in the film industry at the moment with Timothy Spall as the artist Mr Turner currently playing in cinemas and the upcoming The Theory of Everything about Stephen Hawking. This film, The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tylden, tells the story of the mathematician Alan Turing, played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch, and supported by an absolutely stellar cast that includes Keira Knightley and Charles Dance.
As a Sherlock fan, I could not help but smile at the opening of the film where an antisocial genius (in a lab!) puts down some less intelligent policemen…but quickly the plot, characters and whole experience had drawn me in. My overall impression, while certainly emotionally harrowing at points, was of an astonishingly powerful story of immense contemporary relevance, especially impressive for a period piece.
“Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”
On one level such films are undoubtedly attempts to understand and pay tribute to some remarkable individuals, on another they also inspire us to look at the wonderful individuality of ourselves. I don’t remember when I have last felt so passionately inclined to recommend a film.
In cinemas now!