Starring: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, and Kelly Macdonald
Director: John Madden
Operation Mincemeat is the epitome of the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction.” The film focuses on English government agents crafting an oddly convoluted lie to deceive the Nazis during WWII. It has something of a ticking time bomb effect, which creates a constant sense of growing urgency, and while no performance shines especially bright (Colin Firth being a mild exception), the ensemble works together quite well because everyone is fully committed to their character. At times, it can feel like Oscar bait, but in all fairness, it has all the qualities of an Oscar-nominated film.
Broadly speaking, Operation Mincemeat is a pretty decent movie. Not mind-blowing, but enjoyable enough with its mix of workmanlike acting and a wild true story. My only complaint is that with an espionage tale this crazy, it could have used a bit more panache. I get that it’s a British movie, but it has absolutely zero flair. It has the same kind of bland dryness as The Courier and Bridge of Spies, which makes it the type of movie that your Dad will enjoy watching while dozing off in the recliner, but not one that you’ll remember a year from now.