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True Stories of Political Oppression, Grief Recovery and Imitation Games – Awards Daily



What I loved about The Imitation Game was the rich development of the characters, particularly the two leads – the sublime Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and Keira Knightley, who plays what would have been Turing’s beard, had Turing been the kind of man to live that way. But to have a male lead in a film have interest in a female character for nothing more than her mind and her friendship? Practically unheard of in 2014. There is one scene with Knightley that was like knocking down every silly stereotype women in these types of films fulfill – the nurturer, the protector, the inspirer. No, this woman is there to do good work and to uncover the part of herself capable of doing that in an environment that was not friendly to unmarried women who were brilliant in math.

Cumberbatch brings bits of Sherlock into the role here, the part of that character that also chafes against social interaction while relying on his own connection to his high intelligence. But unlike Sherlock, Turing is far more vulnerable, and thus, much more sympathetic. Heartbreaking is probably the best word. Cumberbatch anchors this film through its rough patches, though I can see the reviews coming that talk about the “flaws”. We all look for perfection heading into the Oscar race (not our jobs), and thus, we sometimes collectively crush films that deserve consideration.

Knightley seems to be enjoying a fruitful career, given that she fits nicely into so many different types. All she ever really has to do is be her pretty self and she often fulfills what’s required of her. But every so often she steps outside her comfort zone and a strength emerges. She’s often fiery, and she’s often charming – but it is rare to see her handle so many conflicting feelings at once, her big brown eyes betraying hidden fragility. But it is Cumberbatch’s show, despite the strong supporting cast. You can’t your eyes off him. It will be counted as one of the best performances of the year. As for the rest of its Oscar placements, we will have to wait for the reviews.


2003 05 15 - Almeida Theatre - ’ The Lady From The Sea ’ by Geraint Lewis (#01) and Tristram Kenton (#02)

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The Lady from the Sea with  Benedict Cumberbatch,John Bowe,Natasha Richardson„Tim McInnerny,Claudine Blakley,Louisa Clein  directed by Trevor Nunn opens at the Almeida Theatre on 15/5/03 CREDIT Geraint Lewis

The Lady from the Sea - play by Henrick Ibsen. Adaptation by Pam Gems. Performed at the Almeida Theatre, London. Directed by Trevor Nunn. Opened 15 May 2003. Tristram Kenton.

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