In my opinion, both movies had a great cast and they were also very, very enjoyable. I would highly recommend watching them!
What intrigued me about The Imitation Game was that it is a true story about Alan Turing and his accomplishments during WWII. I had never even heard of Turing and what he created before seeing this movie and his whole story was captivating.
For those who don't know, Turing, along with his team, secretly developed a machine that was able to crack the Nazi's code which helped them figure out where the Nazi's were planning to attack next and therefore have more control over winning the war. The Imitation Game follows Turing through the whole process of building the machine and the affect it had on WWII.
As I said before, I really enjoyed this movie. It is one of my favorites of the year! It received eight nominations for the Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. Although I don't know if they will win I am still glad that they are nominated. I think the casting was great, yes even Keira Knightley. The movie is also nominated for Adapted Screenplay and I do think it has a strong chance to win that award. Everything just fit together for this movie, unlike The Theory of Everything where it was all over the place. This was just a pleasant movie to watch and enjoy and, again, I would highly recommend it.
Much like Benedict Cumberbatch, you can't go wrong with Melissa McCarthy! And in this movie she wasn't her typical goofy/obnoxious character that she usually plays. She was a strong but struggling recently divorced mom trying to juggle work and taking care of her son. With limited options, she puts her sons care in the hands of Bill Murray, their typical grumpy old guy neighbor that isn't entirely trustworthy but she doesn't really have another choice.
This reason I enjoyed this movie is because it was an all around pleasant movie. Every movie has their sad parts so of course this one did too but it tied in with the story and it made sense. I think that this story has a lot of good life lessons in it. One of which is the well known "don't judge a book by its cover". Through the movie you learn more about each character and why/ how they came to be the person that they are. And although it is sad, you learn that sometimes you need to understand why a person is the way they are before making judgments about them.
St. Vincent isn't nominated for any Academy Awards but it was nominated for two Golden Globes, Bill Murray for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical and Best Picture - Comedy or Musical. Since it isn't getting much recognition that was why I wanted to write about it. There are so many movie's this year are just dark and sad and this movie is a good way to lift your spirits back up!
If you saw The Imitation Game or St. Vincent (or both!) let me know what you thought about them! I love to talk with other people about movies because I have a chance to see another side to the movie that I didn't notice! So let me know your thoughts!
I'll be back on Tuesday with another post so I hope you'll come back to see what's next!