Alan Turing, if you’re not familiar, was an incredible figure, one of the most brilliant minds to ever exist. The father of modern computer science, he revolutionized code breaking during World War II. When the British government was done having him crack Nazi codes, though, they turned to persecuting him for his homosexuality (illegal in 1952). Given the choice between imprisonment and “chemical castration,” he chose the latter. Two years later he injected an apple with cyanide and ended his own life. (But he was officially pardoned less than 60 years later. Yay, humanity.)
So it’s easy to see why the upcoming movie based on Turing’s life, The Imitation Game, has been so intensely anticipated. It’s an incredible story, and one that could be easy to get “wrong,” or saccharinize, or just not do justice to. But the trailer looks to be doing all kinds of justice. The film is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, with a theatrical release in November. After that, it’s scheduled to win all the Oscars. Sorry, other movies. Maybe next year.