“When you have a period drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Keira Knightley (Begin Again) and Mark Strong (Mindscape), you know you’re in for some performative ingenuity. But of course, that’s not the only reason film enthusiasts have been waiting for The Imitation Game, is that?
Directed by the acclaimed Norwegian film director Morten Tyldum (Hodejegerne), whose debut film Buddy skyrocketed on the amount of critical acclaim with its release in the rather modest amount of film festivals it ran through, this movie would definitely raise a ton of eyeballs, what with the kind of screenplay he’s chosen to direct being surprisingly subversive – even for its own rather repetitive bracket of what I’d definitely call the “Weinstein Winter Wonder”.
Thankfully, I’m not the only one having those thoughts. Having gotten out of the rather flattering premiere of the film at the Dubai International Film Festival this year, a friend of mine remarked – confirming my statement of the trend almost – that this was “your typical Harvey Weinstein December movie”, a statement that rings quite true for the kind of films it’s acquired distribution rights to over the past few years during their respective final quarters.
Which, of course, brings one to the rather skeptical frame of mind; would we be subject to a successfully made film, or a successfully completed to-do list?”
– excerpt of the review by Ankit Ojha
This was one movie I literally mimed a huge “YES!” to when I got myself the tickets, but I was kinda underwhelmed when I saw the exact same biopic/period drama pattern. But does that mean I disliked the film all the same? Well, my review tells all: http://cinemaelite.com/film-reviews/the-imitation-game-movie-review/