‘Mincemeat’ missing excitement of its inspiration
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Matthew Macfadyen as Charles Cholmondeley, Colin Firth as Ewen Montagu, and Johnny Flynn as Ian Fleming, appear in Operation Mincemeat.   Movies with Mary “Operation Mincemeat” is offered as a new film based on a new book. But it actually is a reworked screenplay based on a reworked book.   “Operation Mincemeat” actually happened during World War II. The book about it was written by Ewen Montague who was responsible for the operation. The original movie, “The Man who Never Was,” starred Clifton Webb as Montague. Academy Award winner Colin Firth, one of my sister’s favorite actors, stars in this film as Montague, a naval officer who created the real diversion called “Operation Mincemeat” during World War II, although many give credit for the bizarre operation to Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond who in real life served under Montague. British Intelligence during World War II tries to get the German High Command to shift its forces away from Italy prior to the invasion. To create the illusion that Britain is preparing to invade Greece, officials plan to procure a dead body of a man who appears to have drown. On it they plant secret papers and arrange for Spanish authorities to find it and send the papers on to the Germans. The acting is adequate. Firth is backed up by Matthew Macfadyen playing Charles Cholmondeley. Kelly McDonald is the love interest Jean Leslie. Penelope Wilton who some may recognize from “Downton Abbey” is Hester Leggett. Johnny Flynn is Ian Fleming. In the revision screenwriter Michelle Ashford based on the book by Ben Macintyre, they’ve add a love mix and changed an intriguing spy story into a limp presentation of relationships that leaves the audience wanting.   In the original version, the focus is more on trying to find a realistic body, create authentic papers and developing the diversion knowing the Nazis will investigate thoroughly before they pull their troops from Italy and send them to Greece. In “Operation Mincemeat,” the emphasis is more on relationships, or the lack thereof.   The real story is so much more interesting. If you really want to watch a great, exciting film based on true World War II events, view the original version, “The Man who Never Was,” instead of this watered-down mish-mosh.   If you want to see “Operation Mincemeat,” you will have to venture to St. Louis to the Landmark Theater.  I give “Operation Mincemeat” two stars.
News story posted on 2022-05-18T02:35:00.0000000Z