Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Movie Reviews: "The Imitation Game" and "Wild"

   The Imitation Game
   Rated PG-13

The Imitation Game is based on the true story of Cambridge professor Alan Turing, a computer pioneer who was instrumental in breaking the Nazi Enigma code, thus saving millions of lives.  Blunt to the point of being socially inept, Turing was an unlikeable genius who didn’t receive credit for his achievement (during his lifetime) and was later prosecuted by the British government for being gay.

Though what happened to Turing was a tragedy and miscarriage of justice, his story is absolutely fascinating!  Everything about The Imitation Game (story line, writing, acting, etc.) is outstanding, and I expect this film to be heavily rewarded during awards season.

   Rated R

At the age of 26, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (over 1,100 miles) to regain control over her life and to recover from her mother’s (Laura Dern) death.  Wild depicts her adventure and what led her down that path.

Because I had read Cheryl Strayed’s other book, tiny, beautiful things (click here to view that post) I knew she had a hard time with her mother’s death and had walked from Mexico to Oregon.  Her actual journey, though, was intriguing, especially when played out on film.  The scenery is beautiful, and Reese Witherspoon’s performance is superb.

Side note: Though I just started reading Wild and am only 10% through it, the basic stores are the same, but quite a few details in the film were changed from the novel.

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