I watched this movie without knowing anyhing about Alan Turing. In fact, I only read one sentence about it on Imdb: “During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. “. Beside this I heard so many people saying that it is really good, so I had it on my watchlist since it was released. With my new love for Benedict, it was the perfect time to finally watch it.
First of all, I fell in love with the setting. I have a thing for England in itself, but if it is England in the fourties-fifties then oh… I am already sold. The World War obviously gives it a serious tone, but I didnt sit down expecting a funny story anyway. I have to say it was different from what I thought it will be, but in a good way. I loved the fact that we could see a lot from Alan Turing himself and not just him breaking the enigma.
I wasn’t sure about Turing’s character in the beginning – if I will like him or not. He seemed a bit arrogant and full with himself. But as the story was going further I started to like him. He was such a strong person as he didnt give up on what he believed in. It’s really inspiring. I also liked his weirdness and shyness.
The story isn’t the most exciting as most people know the ending. Altough as I said, I didn’t know much of Turing’s life so I had a few things that surprised me. But even for those who know the story, I think it can be interesting to learn more about it, and see the process.
This was the first movie of my Benedict Cumberbatch watchlist. I have to say that his acting skills amaze me. After Sherlock it was a bit strange to see him as a stutterer, self-doubting person, but he played it very well.
I am not a big fan of Keira Knightley, but I actually started to like her in this movie. I am glad that with her character the movie had a bit of feminism.
Warning: spoilers after the ‘read more’ tag.(Altough if you know the story and Turing’s life it is not spoiler)