Movie Night: Imitation Game

During my flight to and from Korea, I managed to watch all of the Oscar-nominated movies in one sitting (it was two 14 hour flights - I had all the time in the world). One of my favorites was definitely Imitation Game.

It's no secret I love Benedict Cumberbatch. I think his interpretation of the great detective Sherlock Holmes is on-point and brilliant (not to mention he's just sooo charismatic and an overall good person). It probably isn't surprising, then, that this was the movie I started my flight with. The movie is, obviously, about Alan Turing - the debatably greatest puzzle-solver, inventor of the first computer, and the code-breaker of Enigma. What a man.

I'm not sure what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised by the story telling. I've written a paper about Alan Turing when I was in college so I knew a bit about him already. I noted a couple of artistic liberties they took (for example the real Alan Turing wasn't that inept at social situations) but overall the story was solid and well-written. 

When I watched this, I couldn't help but remember the moving Oscar-acceptance speech from the writer, Graham Moore, who spoke about his suicide attempt when he was a teenager, and his reminder to all to "stay weird, stay different." I completely saw where he was coming from when I saw the movie - Alan Turing's quirks caused much of the tension between the team of code-breakers but the end saw them cracking the unbreakable code and Turing's name being remembered forever. I couldn't help but remember in my youth all the times my oddities were made fun of and in order to "fit in" I learned to hide my weirdness. It made me sad that some of the things that made me different could have been the things that may have made me great but because I didn't want to deal with not fitting in for a short time, I instead conformed. The "stay weird" advice really stuck with me and I can even see here on this blog where the times I step out of my comfort zone and do something completely different are the times I get some of my favorite posts. Maybe that's something we can all take away from this movie - don't be afraid to be different and weird. As Alan Turing says, "sometimes it's the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine."

I highly recommend this movie to all the history buffs, the cinephiles, and the weirdos :]


  1. I need to seeeeeeee this- I think Benedict is a brilliant actor, and Keira too!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  2. I haven't watched it yet, but the "stay wird, stay different message we take from it definitely convinced me :)

  3. Ah I'll definitely have to check these out! I've nominated you for the Liebster Award as I love reading your blog! Check it out here

    -Sophie xo

  4. This has been on my list to watch forever! Hopefully sometime this month I'll finally get around to seeing it-- sounds so good.

  5. I literally got goosebumps with that ending quote- how beautiful is that? This has been on my to-do list for ages. My brother saw it in theaters and he couldn't stop raving about it- which means a lot coming from him, seeing how he gives everything a "meh". I love the message behind it. One of my biggest gripes with our society as a whole is the need to conform and alienating anything that's a little bit strange. The strangeness is what makes us amazing, and it made me happy to hear that you embraced yours as you got older :)

    What other movies did you watch on your long, looong flight? Haha!

    xo marlen
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