I'm not a sobber. I want to make that clear right away.
I did, however, tear up a bit at The Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum's compelling, based-on-truth new film about Alan Turing, a British mathematician who helped solve Nazi codes during World War II with the assistance of a seminal computer he designed.
It's a terrific picture, with an astonishing central performance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and superb supporting work by Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke, the lone woman on his crack team of code breakers. And despite a few flaws (the movie jumps jarringly from time period to time period in Turing's life), it held my interest throughout.
But that's not all it did. Turing, who was gay, was one of the great heroes of the war, and I'm hoping that the movie does much to sway people who have negative, inaccurate views about homosexuality to transform their perspectives. The Imitation Game also suggests, through action conveyed in the film, that Turing has a kind of mental disorder, perhaps Asperger Syndrome, affecting his ability to connect verbally with people. Maybe the picture could do wonders in helping to bring more understanding to this condition, as well as to those who have it.
There's a lot to like in The Imitation Game. And yes, I cried a little. It's well worth seeing, in my opinion, and tears are only part of the equation.
I think Turing himself might've appreciated that.
Read more of Simon Hardy Butler's thoughts on the cinema at cinemablogishkeit.com.