Movie Review – ‘Operation Mincemeat’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Over the Easter weekend, my parents and I saw the movie ‘Operation Mincemeat’ on the Easter Saturday. 🙂 My Mum was keenly interested to see this period World War II drama film on the big screen. So was my Dad. I happily obliged and accompanied them to see this movie on the big screen.

‘Operation Mincemeat’ is based on the book of the same name by Ben Macintyre, focusing on the real-life Operation Mincemeat performed by the British during the Second World War. I didn’t realise that Operation Mincemeat was a real-life thing and it was very intriguing to see it dramatised.

With that said, I can’t say this is a film for my tastes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a well-produced, well-written and well-directed film focusing on a WWII operation to help the British win the war effort against Hitler. But this isn’t filled with many action scenes, as it’s mostly talking between characters.

There is a brief action scene where British troops fight on the beaches of Scilly, but I’m guessing some people would find this film rather slow. My parents clearly enjoyed this film when they saw it. I enjoyed it too, but it doesn’t match to what my Dad would call ‘flash, bang, wallop’ films of today. 😀

The film’s cast are very good though. There’s Colin Firth as Ewen Montagu and Matthew Macfadyen as Charles Cholmondeley. Part of me is amused to see Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen together in this film, as the two actors both played Mr. Darcy at one time in their lives in ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

Colin Firth played Darcy in the 1995 BBC TV adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Mathew Macfadyen played Darcy in the 2005 film adaptation. 😀 Seeing Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen interacting with each other and sparking off each other in this film was so surreal and quite amusing.

There’s also Kelly Macdonald as Jean Leslie, who works with Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley on Operation Mincemeat. I saw Kelly Macdonald recently in ‘Swallows and Amazons’. It was unusual to see Colin Firth’s character having an affair with Jean when he’s married.

Penelope Wilton stars as Hester Leggett in the film. I’ve seen Penelope Wilton in many things over the years, including ‘Ever Decreasing Circles’, ‘Doctor Who’ and recently in ‘Downton Abbey’. I’m looking forward to seeing her again in ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ sometime soon at the cinema. 🙂

There’s also Johnny Flynn as Ian Fleming (Yes, the James Bond writer) as well as Jason Isaacs as John Godfrey. Jason Isaacs played Captain Hook in the 2003 film ‘Peter Pan’. There’s Simon Russell Beale as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter (‘We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story’) as Bentley Purchase! 🙂

Mark Gatiss plays Colin Firth’s brother in the film – Ivor Montagu. Mark Gatiss gets everywhere in films and TV, as well as ‘Doctor Who’, doesn’t he? 😀 I did feel that the subplot which involved Mark Gatiss’ character probably being a Communist agent for the Russians didn’t go anywhere in the film.

There’s Nicholas Rowe (who was in a ‘Grantchester’ episode from Series 4) as David Ainsworth, Will Keen as Salvador Gomez-Beare, Alexander Beyer as Karl Kuhlenthal and Lorne MacFadyen (I don’t think he’s related to Matthew MacFadyen) as Roger Dearborn and Alex Jennings as John Masterman. 🙂

Hattie Morahan plays Iris Montagu, the wife of Colin Firth’s character in the film. The cast also includes Mark Bonnar as St. John Horsfall. Mark Bonnar has also been in ‘Doctor Who’ on TV and audio. Usually he plays the Eleven in the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’. It was good to see him in this. 🙂

There’s Gabrielle Creevy as Doris Michael and Ruby Bentall as Connie Bukes. There’s also James Fleet (I saw him recently in 2015’s ‘Partners in Crime’) as Charles Fraser-Smith, Nico Birnbaum as Alexis von Roenne, Markus Von Lingen as Adolf Clauss and also Jonjo O’Neill as Teddy. A top-notch cast! 😀

Whilst the performances of the cast are good in this film, there were a couple of things that put me off about this film. Firstly there’s the intestines scene where an autopsy was being performed. Secondly, some characters said the F-bomb during heated moments, which I felt was unnecessary. 😐

Overall, ‘Operation Mincemeat’ was an enjoyable film to check out at the cinema. I can’t say it’s really my type of film, but I’m glad my parents enjoyed it when they saw it. If you’re into period war drama films, then I’m certain you’ll enjoy this one. The performances of the cast are excellent throughout.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Operation Mincemeat’

  1. MI6

    John Madden’s remake of Operation Mincemeat and Ben Macintyre’s novel make for great viewing and reading. The Madden film is based on Macintyre’s novel, and they are both a fake news aficionado’s paradise when it comes to trying to differentiate layer after layer of fact and fiction. Nevertheless, as with many war or espionage thrillers like the Ipcress File it’s a shame the film industry is producing yet more remakes. If success is to breed success the film industry must not polish old gems but mine for new ones. In these genres, examples of such new gems include Mick Herron’s Slow Horses from the Slough House stable and Beyond Enkription, the first fact based spy thriller in The Burlington Files series by Bill Fairclough. The celluloid adaptation of Slow Horses looks destined to become an anti-Bond classic. As for The Burlington Files let’s hope the film industry hears of it. Not being a remake this enigmatic and elusive thriller may have eluded you.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi MI6,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I didn’t realise the 2022 film by John Madden was a remake of ‘Operation Mincemeat’. I see that a TV film based on the book by Ben Macintyre was released on BBC Two in December 2010.

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂

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