Watching this movie was an exercise in understanding how very truly, perfectly, annoyingly effing predictable I am. Because I really liked this movie, but you know what? It was made up of the same tired jigsaw pieces of story that we have all seen a million, billion trillion times over. Reduce, reuse, recycle, yo!
Here are the pieces that I am apparently willing to buy with my hard earned dolla dolla bills.
1. World War II. HOW MANY STORIES CAN I TAKE IN ABOUT WORLD WAR 2? A lot times a bunch, that’s how many. I love it. But like, can we pick another war to be obsessed over? And don’t say World War I, that’s cheating. How about we make a movie about the War of the Golden Stool? First of all, it has the best name of a war ever created. Second of all, we have not yet heard about that war, like not even once.
2. Code-breaking. You guys, I knew nothing about this movie, and my guy was like “do you want to see the Imitation Game? It has Benedict Cumberbatch and he’s breaking a WW2 code or something” and I was all YESSSSSS. How is this the only information I need for movie watching?
3. Misunderstood, loner genius times. I like it when petulant geniuses get dragged off while screaming “YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND MY WORK!” Maybe I picture this happening to me after I make a particularly spectacular spreadsheet at the library or something. Although I have to say that I was relieved to hear that this was not actually the way Turing was.
4. Branson from Downton Abbey! (Spoiler alert) He got to play a Commie-lover in this one too. Talk about recycling. But I love Branson.
5. Feminism that is, in the grand scheme of things, pretty easy. Keira Knightly gets obnoxiously told, once, that she can’t possibly be smart because she is a lady, but she basically says “no thanks to THAT, fools” and then she’s totes part of the team. Structural sexism- like a faint fart fog that you just have to side step. Easy peasy! Ugh.
6. Tweed. Lots of tweed.
7. World War 2 era wallpaper. SIGN ME UP.
What can I say for myself for being a sucker for all of these things? Not that much. Then again, I have argued that the Steve McQueen “banjos and bells” scene in Love with a Proper Stranger is one of the best movie scenes of all-time, so you know, consider the source.