The Imitation Game is an important film, not for what it does aesthetically, but the story it tells. Benedict Cumberbatch is at his career-best here as Alan Turing, the mathematical genius who, during WWII, helped crack the nazi code from intercepted Geman signals, and in the process created the foundation of much of today’s modern technology. Tragically, Turing was kept from recognition due to his homosexuality, a crime at the time, committed suicide at 41, and went almost unknown for years. While the film is sometimes manipulative in its telling, and occasionally takes the form of a conventional drama, and it is much more than that. Cumberbatch’s perfect, charismatic performance is only escalated by the great ones around him, especially that of Kiera Knightley, and the witty, and intelligent writing of the film make it that much better. Turing’s story is so effectively told this way, what could have been a wasted melodrama, instead becomes one of the best films of the year.