segunda-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2015

The Imitation Game (2014)

One of 2014's Oscar nominees, The Imitation Game is a competent and safe film, a politically correct one, in the form of a biopic with glimpses of some socially relevant themes, smartly disguised as a thrilling backstage war movie. Director Morten Tyldum risks nothing on a movie that doesn't hurt anyone and can be seen by everyone, reminding sometimes previous Oscar nominees like Lincoln or Argo. The Imitation Game has a morale lesson to teach, but it doesn't do it in a pretentious way. It lets you breathe as an spectator and doesn't shove you cheap lessons down your throat, and more importantly on this kind of movie: it never bores you. On the other hand tough, the film has little less to offer more than what you would expect from a "normal" movie. It never defies the viewer, nor tries anything different, either through camera movement, photography, dialogue or general plot. There really isn't anything on The Imitation Game to distinguish it from similar films. Nothing except Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor delivers a great performance which carries by itself the whole movie to a superior level than the simple "average". In fact, Keira Knightley's acting, just like the acting of every other actors on the film, feels a bit embarrassing when you look to what Benedict did for this movie. For the exception of Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game is just "ok", a movie that feels like it was pre-ordered, that never shines as a piece of art and it never really defies or thrills the viewer, who will have nothing more that an enjoyable afternoon on the theatres. 

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