We are all familiar with the societal fight to shine a stronger, more inspirational light on the LGBTQ community, as The Imitation Game reflects, but this movie also depicts a more subliminal, and more important concept about the historical figure Alan Turing, autism’s influence on history.
Although it’s never said in the movie, as autism was a newly coined disorder at the time, Alan Turing displays many symptoms of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. He rarely associates with others, he gets obsessive over his interests, he can’t understand a joke, he trembles in his speech, and he freaks out when the peas on his plate are touching the carrots. These are all common traits of ASD, and in my belief were intentionally placed by the director and screenwriter to suggest how Alan Turing was not only gay, but autistic as well.
It’s not every day you hear of somebody on the autism spectrum following an ambition to change the course of history under the secrecy of the government, but these types of stories are happening all around us, and where we never knew to look.