The Imitation Game ★★★½

It was easy to form an idea in my head of how a British historical biopic set during wartime and starring Benedict Cumberbatch – in the role of a smug genius, again – might turn out on screen. And The Imitation Game squarely represents that very idea I’d formed – in a good way.

An all-around solid script, compelling visuals, and exceptional performances are tainted only by the minor inclusion of some terrible postscript subtitling that is entirely unnecessary. There’s really only one moment of true exhilaration (a moment clearly telegraphed, sadly) so don’t expect a whirlwind ride of wartime espionage. But it’s an altogether satisfying narrative, moving briskly in a well-crafted vehicle.

Matthew Goode and Mark Strong are great, as usual, and Keira Knightley is at the top of her game. But, as we can expect, it’s Cumberbatch who lives up to the hard job of bringing the enigmatic (see what I did there?) Alan Turing to life.