In the context of WW2 narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher. Michelle Ashford’s script fuses multiple strands and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, unexpectedly funny, and endlessly surprising. It tells a richly human story of the soldiers we seldom see, who fight a different kind of war in shadows and deception, haunted by the knowledge that certainty and guarantee of success are nowhere to be found.The main difference between The Man Who Never Was (1956) and this, Operation Mincemeat (2021), is that filmmakers seem to consider 21st century audiences dumb who need everything explained slowly to them. Or, perhaps the filmmakers are such simpletons as they presume their audience to be. Also, it seems that these days the facts, as intriguing as they may be, are not considered enough to make an interesting movie and therefore unnecessary embellishments with invented lies and subplots are deemed a must.The only thing that keeps this movie half-afloat is the regal presence of Colin Firth. The rest is total BS, mostly invented to make the movie drag on for 25 minutes longer than the original.The 1956 original was handicapped by the fact that the facts were still classified and yet they created a brilliantly paced and presented narrative of as close to the truth as they could get. This 2021 outing had all the facts, declassified since 1996, but felt the need to invent fairytales to embellish it with.Is this a good movie to watch if one does not care about the facts it claims to depict? Run-of-the-mill formula. Nothing special. No memorable moments. Formulaic standard recipe doing an injustice to one of the greatest successes in history involving the deception of the enemy. Cringeworthy moments in the narrative. Not one moment that rouses an emotional response from the viewer.
Stars : Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald
Genre : Drama, War