Peaks and Valleys: The Imitation Game and 50 Shades of Grey

There’s no connection between these two films. Though my opinion going in was reversed in both cases.

I thought The Imitation Game would be maudlin historical fiction, but due to Benedict Cumberbatch’s genuine portrayal and Kiera Knightley fantastic as his beard, I was truly moved. I don’t, however, think it was best picture worthy and here’s why: the beginning scared me with its super math and technology relates and I worried this was going to be “Tinker Taylor Soldier Closet Hanger” where I was left confused and bewildered. Fortunately, the movie kicked into a character study, instead of physics and math lessons.

As for 50 Shades of Grey, I thought how bad can a movie about kinky sex be? I had seen the Rotten Tomatoes percentage at 29%, but held off reading reviews in order to form my own opinion. I now get it: it’s 29% because that’s how hot the movie was. I saw more action in Laggies (an on demand feature starring Sam Rockwell and Kiera Knightley). 50 Shades was a feel good movie, though, as I breathed a sigh of relief that any physicality I’ve experienced is ten times as satisfying. As Marc Maron said on his WTF podcast (#580 Kevin Allsion) recently, “I feel good just being able to come well.” Here, here.

By Goldie

Aspiring writer who has retired from the institution of education. I've written plays, three of which have been performed both in Rochester NY and here in Sarasota FL. I also write stand up and obviously, film critique. My comment section does not work, so please email me your comments at

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