See Benedict Cumberbatch Be Weird In THE IMITATION GAME Trailer

An uplifting version of a most non-uplifting life story.

Benedict Cumberbatch skirts along the edges of Rain Man in his portrayal of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing, in this trailer for The Imitation Game. The trailer is structured as a triumph story - as it should be, I guess, as it tells the story of Turing and his team breaking the unbreakable Nazi Enigma code - but Turing's life was much less happy. He was eventually arrested for 'indecency' (ie he was homosexual), essentially chemically castrasted and then committed suicide. He died in 1954, but the good news is that he was posthumously pardoned.... last year.

It's troubling the way the trailer hides his homosexuality. It's there, for sure, but if you're not paying close attention this movie looks like it's going to be Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley as Sexy Nerds Finding Sexy Connections. Which I guess is to appease the mall crowd - Cumberbatch's Tumblr fanbase would love to see him bone out Matthew Goode.