A.D. History Podcast
The Imitation Game: Decoding Hot Historical Garbage | A. D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW
The Imitation Game (2014) is a film best described as a “historical hot mess,” in its depiction of the life and work of Alan Turing.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pandora | iHeartRadio | Stitcher | Email | TuneIn | Deezer | RSS | More
The Imitation Game, a 2014 biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley about Alan Turing’s life and codebreaking work at Bletchley Park during the Second World War gives historians no shortage of headaches. While the film strives to depict the deeper thematic truths of Turing’s life regarding his immense genius and the absolute tragedy that ensues, in doing so the writers sacrifice every critical historical fact along the way.
The Imitation Game: A Historical Hot Mess
While we have no expectation that historical films should be wholly accurate to the historical record, after watching The Imitation Game you cannot help but ask, “where is the line?” The Imitation Game at many points deviates so far from reality that when you’re watching with a deeper and more extensive knowledge of these events and figures depicted, it actually becomes difficult to watch.
The Imitation Game is so brazen with its history, it harms not only the character of many of the real historical figures portrayed around Turing, but at times it does harm to the character of Turing himself. It is a wholly perplexing state of affairs for a film seeking to depict Alan Turing in the best possible light.
The Most Insane Scene in The Imitation Game (2014)
(Article Continues Below...)
Gladiator (2000): A Historical Fever Dream | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW
How Historically Accurate is The Death of Stalin (2017)? | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW
Monty Python’s Life of Brian REVIEW | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES
How Can You Help Create More A.D. History? Join Odo’s ADophyte Army on Patreon!
Creating and producing A.D. History is a major undertaking, and in doing so we aim to create the highest quality show that is within our capabilities. In short, with every episode we seek to produce the A.D. History Podcast you deserve.
It is through listeners and viewers like yourself contributing to the show on Patreon that make meeting that standard possible.
By joining the ranks of Field Marshal Odo’s A.D.ophyte Army on Patreon, not only can you help us make more new episodes of increasing quality – you also enjoy countless amazing benefits as a show Patron.
Learn more about how your contributions help produce the show, how you can join this amazing historical journey, and the awesome exclusive perks for doing so.
Make A One-Time Contribution to the A.D. History Podcast on PayPal!
Contact the A.D. History Podcast
Write to the A.D. History Podcast at firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to Paul K. DiCostanzo at email@example.com
Write to Patrick Foote at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Domini is performed by Anna Chloe Moorey